Time to swap layoff stories!

Tom Jackson
Jul 29, 2013

I'm spending today in an environmental seminar for journalists put on by an outfit by the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources. 

When you go to events like this, you meet up with reporters from other newspapers. Lately, for the last few years, meeting your colleagues has been a depressing exercise: You swap stories about layoffs, the closing of bureaus, the elimination of beats, etc. There's more coming: This week, the next round of layoffs in the newsroom of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is going to be announced.

I heard a good story today about how one poor fellow at the Columbus Dispatch lost his job. The newsroom staffers had been told to stay home until they were informed over the phone whether they still worked there or not. 

It seems that one staffer had been there for 20 years, had lots of seniority, and just assumed that he was safe. So he showed up for work and sat down in front of his computer. He then discovered that he could not log in to his account. 

Comments

Contango

Re: "There's more coming"

Mr. Jackson:

I can sympathize. But what's the answer?

For several yrs. I sold print advertising for specialized publications. It was a lucrative, fun job!

After 2000, it all pretty much went to H*ll.

How do writers get paid for content in this "sumpthin' for nuthin'" environment?

badboy

So you want to feed on other people's misery? Typical "journalist."

Tom Jackson

badboy, It's certainly not my intention to "feed off" other people's problems. I feel bad about what's happening.

Contango, you've put your finger on the $64,000 question.

Contango

Re: "Contango, you've put your finger on the $64,000 question."

@ Mr. Jackson:

In some respects it WAS a rhetorical question.

However, other than excessive drinking while on the dole and waiting for death or dismemberment, what are your compatriots saying and/or doing?

Is the light at the end of the tunnel a freight train?

(Mixed metaphors are the BEST!)

Maybe it’ll be like Hollywood, where 99% of the “actors” are waiting tables, etc.

Eph 2 8-10

From journalist to blogger.....times are a changing..... Today everyone thinks he/she is a journalist. Trouble is, they have no idea whom the 5 W sisters and their little brother Howie mean or are.....

Centauri

The Sandusky Register is the newspaper about Sandusky, Ohio and areas around Sandusky.

Between the Toledo Blade and Cleveland Plain Dealer and Lorain's Morning Journal, the Sandusky Register appears to dominate the Port Clinton (Ohio) and Fremont (Ohio) newspapers.

How about if the Sandusky Register prints the TRUTH, the absolute TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH?

No holding back on the truth.

And stop promoting the wishes of the powers that be in the Sandusky, Ohio area.

Damn that Jerry Sandusky. It makes finding information about Sandusky, Ohio very time consuming.

Print the absolute truth and nothing but the truth about local, Ohio, national and international truthful news.

The people will come and pay to read the truth.

What is so hard about reporting the truth?

sugar

So true, every newspaper has an agenda, what happened to journalism?

Contango

Gotta think that towns like Sandusky and Norwalk are increasingly lucky to have a daily paper.

After the NR fired the paper carriers and began having the paper just tossed in the driveway from a car, my father cancelled his subscription after 60 yrs.

The NR called him and offered it to him for half price, he refused.

He said that no way was he going to walk out on the driveway during the winter to pick it up.

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The Hero Zone

I can empathize, I hear stories in the gaming industry about game developers going under, licensors pulling support, and local game stores closing for a variety of reasons. In an age when media is abundantly available AND accessible (making no claims of quality) messages are often lost in the "noise" and it is more about quantity than quality.

There is also a lot of prejudice against media outlets of any variety as agenda-pushers, etc. Just as game stores have had to fight against forces that believe them to be dens of Pagan heathens who summon the Devil over Thai food every Saturday night (some may be Pagan but hardly are heathens), each outlet will need to find a way to show that their message is worth reading.

Do any of your professional summits cover this? I imagine that those issues are covered. If not, you should write an email to someone in that chain calling for that need to be addressed from a professional point of view or even as a marketing issue if looking at it from a sales standpoint.

Whether it is earned or not, I believe journalism has a sullied reputation with many people despite the benefits (and necessities) it provides. When perception is reality it will only continue down this path, too, unless that perception is modified.

At least on a local level, could The Register host something like a weekly debate/discussion in a public venue? Maybe the paper picks the topic and moderates but invites professionals to discuss the different aspects so there is an understanding of the issue instead of a dangling blurb?

Hmmm...that sounds like a medical condition...

For instance, a big story this week is this four-parter about autopsies. To compliment (or challenge) the presentation, maybe a forum of professionals could come forward to discuss this in a presentation/Q&A? Maybe the high school would be able to offer such a venue or it could be done in the amphitheater, State Theater, etc.?

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The Hero Zone

A parody, but even The Onion pokes fun at this topic:

http://www.theonion.com/articles...

KURTje

Tom talk to those 40 & under. Find it interesting when those 60 & over encounter job loss...or loss of service they were used to it is like getting their cherry popped. Only in a bad way.

The Big Dog's back

What's really sad is that they are willing to sellout the next generation.

Centauri

kURTje,

You know much about me.

All is confidential.

I also live simple life.

No vacations or treks to other lands.

Me and you are very alike.

We both live simple lives and live off what we reap.

eriemom

This is my observation: The thirty (and maybe older) and under do not watch or read any news medium. A related observation is that this age group does not read for entertainment either.

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The Hero Zone

This is accurate as much as my day-to-day observations are supportive evidence. In the Information Age it is harder to tell people what is entertainment or news because it is sought after by the specific consumer of it. Also, the youth are pretty jaded at the bickering, petty older generation that is messing things up for them without considering their point of view.

Contango

Re: "The thirty (and maybe older) and under do not watch or read any news medium."

Good point.

Which is why a solid liberal arts education is important in primary and secondary school.

Ya learn to remove the wheat from the chaff.

Unfortunately, with the high drop out and illiteracy rates prevalent in our major cities, that basic education is also lacking.

The Progressive-liberal-socialist agenda has REALLY done a disservice to the future socio-economic health of the U.S.

rjk1915

Judging from the name, I can tell what they had to say .

KURTje

Yes Centauri...it isn't difficult.