Friday, May 8, 2009

Obsolete jobs: Wire editor, features editor

Steve Yelvington writes:

Tribune is consolidating some editorial functions in Chicago, producing standard shared page modules for nonlocal information that slip seamlessly into local newspapers in Orlando, Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Allentown and Newport News. This enables fewer hands to do essentially the same work; in Orlando, "half the design desk and two-thirds of the copy desk was laid off."

Read my lips: This is not a temporary maneuver in response to an economic cycle. This is permanent structural change.

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