Regarding a new round of budget cuts, a reader just sent me the following in an e-mail about The Des Moines Register: "We are facing layoffs in the coming weeks: Editor Carolyn Washburn (left) confirmed it at a staff meeting the other day. And while the number (or names) haven't come out yet, rumors are that they are going to be about 12-13 newsroom employees affected. The interesting part, however, is that just several days after the staff meeting, Washburn sent this e-mail to the whole newsroom."
I'm looking for some of you willing to be members of a new fun committee. OK, you can call yourselves whatever you want. But think popcorns Fridays, and the day the hotdog gun came, and the Perry Beeman/Rodney White band performance. We need more stuff like that. A group who can create a nice celebration for us when we do something huge like launch Metromix. Or win 3 ONA awards. Or to consistently have, and have fun with, BOR. I'd like a group who can spot those opportunities and just throw some fun together, and a group that I can call on when something cool happens who will create some good celebrations and recognitions. If you are willing to help, please let me know.
Says my reader: "People here are not very happy with this!"
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