Cuts in PD Newsroom are Imminent
Here's the new Free Times media column, published today. It focuses on new PD publisher Terry Egger and his austerity plans. They include eliminating at least some company cars, including the publisher's, and perhaps instituting quotas for the advertising sales staff. But more importantly, the paper will soon be offering qualified newsroom employees early retirement packages, in hopes of winnowing that staff by perhaps 30 positions. Alas, another sign of the times.
UPDATE: Jim Romenesko of the Poyner Institute was good enough to link to the column today (along the left rail). So this media column has gotten an excellent boost, with two of the first three installments reaching at least a modest national audience through the good offices of Mr. Romenesko, whose uniquely influential site I tried to explain here.
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: The Poynter link, in turn, led to an interesting email exchange this afternoon with PD editor Doug Clifton, who naturally took issue with my notion that he's perhaps a little less intensely focused on his job than he once was. He had some interesting things to say, some of which I even found myself agreeing with. Anyway, I'll explore those issues in the next column, at least through means of an addendum to another subject.