Mar 11, 2008

Fallout, part 2

Former Sun sports columnist Paul Oberjuerge blogged about his getting fired (via LA Observed).

It took me, oh, about three seconds to process the meaning of the call from the newsroom secretary....

On his love for this hateful profession: I enjoyed what I did about 95 percent of the time. It was my own choice to work crazy hours and channel almost all my energy into my work. Yes, it damaged my family life, and I regret that … but newspapers do that to people. You HAVE to make a big effort in the next eight hours to get this section out … and then it happens again the next day, and the next … and then you look up one day and you’re eligible for AARP membership and wondering where all the time went.

On the slow slide in quality: I must concede, too, I had reached a point where I routinely was embarrassed by the product I worked for, and if you find yourself feeling that way, maybe it’s time to go. I had been there when The Sun was a good little paper, and it was hard for me to watch it slide into nothingness.

On his future: In subsequent posts I may look at my failed relationship with Steve Lambert, and the culpability of Sun/LANG management in the collapse of the newspaper … and I definitely will get back to sports topics. Such as the Lakers screwing around vs. Sacramento (again) and this time losing.


Anonymous said...

"I must concede, too, I had reached a point where I routinely was embarrassed by the product I worked for..."

I think most LANG employees feel that way, at least those left at the Sun and Daily B.

Anonymous said...

I would encourage you all to leave on your own terms...NOW...don't wait until the next round of layoffs...

Anonymous said...

Leaving LANG was the best decision I ever made. The spiral was visible years ago. I believe they don't care who leaves because they know they can always get someone to do double the work for less pay (quality is not an issue).

John Peter Zenger said...

This isn't about Paul O, but about the newest post on LA Observed about Wes Hughes and his final column.

Wes wrote a highly elegant piece about a former colleague who died of sickle cell anemia. It was spiked for no apparent reason except that Wes wasn't going to be there.

It's time for San Bernardinans of good faith to shun the Sun, and people in Ontario should boycott the Bulletin.

If no one buys the paper, and no one advertises, maybe the Lambert regime will have to go.

Peasants with pitchforks unite to save your newspapers!