The Guild sums it up

Dateline: Mon 11 Aug 2014

From our local Indianapolis Newspaper Guild, this statement:

 

"The Indianapolis Star today announced today its "newsroom of the future." It involves 15% fewer journalists than the newsroom of the present. The copy desk, those folks who make sure stories are readable, who catch a tremendous amount of mistakes and who generally make everything of higher quality, is being "dissolved." We're going to lose 5 of 11 photographers and other support staff. Some good middle managers who guide journalists young and old will be out of a job soon, too. What the paper is telling the public is that there will be 6 more reporters. And there will be. With beats like beverages, party crasher and holidays and observances. No, we are not making this up. Welcome to the future."

Good Lord.

Comments

Google [unverified] said:

hello there and thank you for your information

2014-08-11 21:56:24

Scott Gilbert [unverified] said:


I was a copy editor at the Star for five years in the '80s and '90s. I'm really sorry to read this -- sorry for the journalists whose lives are being upended, and sorry for readers who will be getting unedited or barely edited copy.

I'm a freelance reporter and editor now, which is how to say "I'm poor" in seven words. But when I remember how it felt to live at the whim of corporate management, I feel lucky that Obamacare, a timely refinance and my sons becoming adults allowed me to make this switch.

Good luck to everyone at the Star.

2014-08-12 13:45:41

George Stuteville [unverified] said:

Sad,

2014-08-12 17:02:28

VladTheImpaler [unverified] said:

This former Star employee just got unceremonious shit-canned from the IBJ after my salary rose and ad revenues didn't. My prayers are with my former Star comrades.

If you get the shown the door my advice is please don't panic. Don't cash out a 401(K) to make ends meet, because that revenue will delay or outright eliminate your chance of receiving state unemployment benefits (I forfeited $1,600 a month in state benefits for the next year and now am turning to organized crime).

Also please consider using your local Workforce One office in your county for networking, sills testing and other counseling advices. The one in Fishers is superb, with lots of caring counselors and career ideas I'd never before considered.

You all have talents than you think.



2014-08-12 18:58:53

Jim Reidelbach [unverified] said:

My heart goes out to all employees of PRINT media-past and present. And it also goes out the vox populi who are being stiffed out of TRUE local(and otherwise) journalism....

2014-08-14 13:50:53

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