This voluntary program is limited to full-time employees in three groups – photo, the copy desk and columnists/critics. All eligible employees will be contacted by their supervisors this morning. — More.
It’s ironic the direction newspapers are headed. For decades local radio stations have had lean staff where about everyone does about everything, from reporting to traffic to promos to selling ads. Specialization is a rarity in radio with perhaps the exception being the kind of music played and, of course, UT football. News like the Herald’s is just the latest example. The paper is moving away from what used to be considered critical specializations. They’re not the first, and won’t be the last. You might say they are becoming the 21st century model of 20th century radio.
“I was working on a scoop on Jack White’s divorce when The Tennessean laid me off,” courts reporter Bobby Allyn tells Romenesko readers. “As soon as I got the court filing, the paper’s secretary called. ‘You’re wanted in HR in 10 minutes.’
“After they canned me, I walked the scoop across the street.” — More. (Via Jack Lail)
On May 29, Times-Picayune reporter Danny Monteverde was covering the murder of Briana Allen, the 5-year-old who was shot to death at a child’s birthday party at Simon Bolivar Avenue and Thalia Street. Monteverde was tackling the delicate task of interviewing Briana’s family.
When the interview was over, one of the girl’s cousins said to him, gently, “I’m sorry about what’s happening to your newspaper.”
Today Monteverde lost his job.
He was just one of more than 200 Times-Picayune employees who were told today that their services would no longer be required as of Sept. 30. Eighty-four of the cuts came from the newsroom staff, which numbered 169 — a 49 percent cut. — More.
Layoffs underway at Times-Picayune, Advance’s Alabama papers — Employees at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans and Advance Publications’ papers in Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville, Ala., have started to learn if they’ll have jobs when the papers stop printing every day and shift their focus to their websites.