North of New York City, The Journal News has told workers they'll have to wait until early August to find out who's in -- and out. That's why I created a Westchester Confidential forum for employees at the White Plains paper. In a new comment, I just told them:
Your publisher may only be guilty of taking longer to do what most, if not all, the newspapers are doing: a restructuring. For example, The Cincinnati Enquirer has forecast it will cut as many as 100 jobs. Further south, The Tennessean at Nashville is reportedly cutting 60, through layoffs and redlining open positions. I'm guessing those are equal to 10% or more of the staff at each paper.
Bottom line: I don't see how any paper can eliminate that many positions, and not go through a redesign of how it does business -- in other words, a restructuring. So, you're not alone -- except you're going to have to wait longer to find out what it means. And that totally sucks.
On the other hand . . .
In a lightning-fast opposing view, Anonymous@7:57 p.m. agrees the situation sucks. "But the way you say that at the end makes it sound like the publisher is doing it to the staff,'' @7:57 says.
"In fact, the publisher is probably being very cautious about how the restructure will happen. He may even be buying time hoping something will change so he doesn't need to do as much. Perhaps there are some ad contracts on the horizon that might get signed. Who knows. You, on the other hand, just want to start trouble where you don't need to stick your nose."
Now, please read my latest response.
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