Thursday, December 11, 2008

Life after cuts

City Pulse writes about several journalists laid off from Lansing State Journal:

“When I got laid off I said, ‘this is bullshit,’” (Christian) Czerwinski said. “But do I have any animosity? No. It’s the newspaper business; it’s struggling.”

(Emily) Caswell, nee Smith, another former Noise staffer, has decided to move with her husband back to her hometown, Lapeer.

After she got laid off, she sent text messages to a few people, packed up some of her desk and left.

“The editor (Mickey Hirten) and the human resources director complimented us on our work and said, ‘You did nothing wrong, but we’ve got to cut,’” Caswell said of the layoff. “I don’t take it personally. I’m not, like, real bitter.”

Caswell immediately started a blog about the transition from staff writer to unemployment, to who knows — www.Iusedtogetpaidforthis.blogspot.com. Her dream is to work at the Detroit Free Press, another Gannett paper, and has nothing bad to say about the company.

“A lot of talented people lost their jobs — I was one of 1,400,” she said. “I haven’t been unemployed since I was 16, so it’s a little weird. But I have no animosity.”

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