Friday, December 5, 2008

More Tribune layoffs

Michael Miner writes:

Charles Storch worked for the Tribune for 30 years. Years ago he gave me more competition than I could handle as a media writer. His most recent assignment has been covering the arts and philanthropy. He wrote an item recently about the MacArthur Foundation giving $250,000 to Pro Publica, the not-for-profit news room created last year in New York City to do investigative journalism. If he'd stayed on the beat, Storch would have been writing more and more about journalism's emerging business model -- not-for-profit and financed by grants and subscribers, after the fashion of public radio.

But the Tribune is very much the old model -- sell ads, sell papers, or die. On Wednesday Storch was laid off, one of about a dozen newsroom employees to lose their jobs. Worse is to come. Earlier in the week, editor Gerould Kern and publisher Tony Hunter warned the staff that a "dramatic right-sizing" was necessary and would be imposed at the end of the year.

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