Jul 27, 2009

Four in the morning

1. Out of work? The San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group (Pasadena Star-News, SGV Tribune, Whittier Daily News) wants your story for a new feature called "faces of the recession." - "Our goal is try to help you get back on your feet again in the midst of a tough recession." Star-News

2. The New York Times reports on National Public Radio's efforts to add more news content to its website, which has NPR affiliates - of which KCRW is one - worried that listeners and resources will be drawn away from local stations. NYT

3. Ron Kaye at OurLA.org has obtained pension records for the Los Angeles police and fire departments and listed the 286 highest earners - all pulling in over $100,000 a year. OurLA.org

4. Newspaper company A.H. Belo, whose publications include the Press-Enterprise in Riverside and Dallas Morning News, posted a $7.1 million loss in the second quarter of the year. Stock prices are up slightly, however. Dallas Morning News

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

maybe the newspaper group looking for recession stories should interview some of their own legions of out of work...they will find a number of faces who didn't deserve the fate they received.

Anonymous said...

exactly 12:22. Maybe they should try to interview their pressman who lost their jobs when they moved production to the Valencia plant. Or all the Valencia pressman who were laid off when they subbed it out to Orange County Register.

Anonymous said...

I agree with both 12:22 and 12:44. Any newspaper looking to capture the "faces of the recession" can interview those people they laid off. Maybe they could interview those managers they laid off as well. Oh that's right they didn't lay off any managers only those workers who actually do all the work. My mistake!!!!

Anonymous said...

And pets, don't forget pets. Pets are being abandoned during the recession, too.

Robert Rector said...

the current newsweek declares on its cover that the recession is over. I wonder who's right?

Anonymous said...

I also believe the worst is behind us for the most part. However, unemployment will stay ugly for at least a year, perhaps a bit longer. Housing should recover a bit quicker.

Some managers were let go but not with the same carnage as rank and file. If we are lucky they will do a story on Lambert, Hamilton and little eddie being out of work. That is probably wishful thinking.

Anonymous said...

Lambert saves lean dean too much money with all the slashing he does. Surprised there are enough bodies to put out a paper anymore.

Anonymous said...

what use to be good and decent newspapers are no longer. economics clearly are not good but these dolts have gone way beyond economics to ruin a good business and caused a lot of unnecessary pain for a number of talented newspaper people.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, as the comments on this blog prove, most of those laid off from the LANG newsrooms don't put their names behind their stories, with the possible exceptions of Rappaport, Tenorio and Oberjuerge. So scratch that idea.

Mike Rappaport said...

The story idea isn't bad. There are real stories out there, and these are still newspapers. Just because we may not care for the people running them doesn't mean they aren't good stories.

Anonymous said...

How can LANG get anyone back on their feet??? When their own feet are made of clay??

Anonymous said...

As long as Lean Dean is in charge, Lang, Bang or any of the others will never get on their feet because he doesn't want them to. If they were on their feet they wouldn't have real estate and printing presses to sell to the top bidder.