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Unbelievable happenings at the Star Ledger

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Drip, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    This is one you have to read to believe and then walk away shaking your head.

    http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003892766
     
  2. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    This comes under the heading of "ways to know you work for a jerk."

    http://www.newspapergrl.com/2006/11/is-your-boss-a-jerk/

    Do You Work At The Jerk Store?
     
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Hell, I'd kill for a job in the Plain-Dealer mailroom.
     
  4. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    You know things are really changing -- for the worse -- when papers put out a list of who is not leaving, instead of who is.

    Our version of spin, I guess...
     
  5. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    Hey, I knew of a guy in the mailroom at Hudsucker Industries, and big things happened to him.
     
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    A couple of the sports names on the who is staying list applied for the buyout but were among those who were rejected.

    As for the two assigned to the mailroom, we're not talking kids here. Mitch and Jason both have been there 25 years or more and have to be in their 50s.
     
  7. luckyducky

    luckyducky Guest

    Was just going to say the same.

    With as much as folks have been shuffled around already, the NSL will be very lucky if half the "survivors" are still there by March 1. Folks are on GTFO mode.
     
  8. MGoBlue

    MGoBlue Member

    You'll see the same thing happen at the Booth Newspapers in Michigan. Owned by Newhouse as well (or Alliance ... whatever they call themselves now).
    Copy editors and page designers who don't take the current buyout could find themselves in the mail room, clerking or cleaning toilets. And not necessarily at their paper.
     
  9. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    This is truly sickening. A new low. Nice to see it getting publicity though. I'm glad somebody got the news of this in print.
     
  10. lono

    lono Active Member

    Working sorter, not harder.
     
  11. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    To hell with the paper's "pledge" about not doing layoffs. This is a morale-crippler, to make journalists switch to roles such as mailroom or other support functions. No, it's not "beneath" anyone to work a so-called menial job, but it sure isn't what any of us signed on for or earned via good performance. And you don't see the department heads or head honchos taking their turns in the low-level jobs.

    The place would be better off cutting people loose and paying a proper severance, than keeping them around and visible as what can happen to you ... and you ... and you ... if times get any tighter and we, in the glass offices, don't come up with any answers.

    It's like slaughtering tonight's dinner right there in front of the other chickens.
     
  12. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    In the same vein, I give you this item I found on Romenesko. Apparently, the bosses at the Longmont (Colo.) Times-Call have consulted the Cleo McDowell Handbook on Employee Relations:

    http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2008/11/longmont_timescall_staffers_in.php
     
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