For the record

Dateline: Fri 16 Aug 2013

This blog generally is not critical of the Indianapolis Star, to which I still subscribe 7 days a week and read daily, both in paper and online. The workers who pull the cart at the newspaper keep many of us well informed, engaged and entertained, and for that, I am grateful.

Gannett, however, is another story. The corporation, which seems to care almost exclusively about profit, is an example of everything bad that has happened to journalism over the last 25 years or so. 

With that in mind, here's a story a friend told me about one of those laid off by Gannett at the Indianapolis Star on Monday July 29, when 11 people in the newsroom lost their jobs, along with 5 in advertising...

Keep in mind, those who were not at work that Monday received the notice of being let go either in a phone call, or sometimes, an email. Once an employee is told of termination, he or she is expected to clear out immediately -- go Downtown, get your personal effects, etc.'s the experience of one former Star employee:

"...(When) he went to get his stuff. he tried to park at the rear of the building-- (the Talbott Street alley.)

"And the security. whom he has known almost forever, chased him away. So he parked at a meter in front.

"Thirty-five years (of service), and he couldn';t park in the back for 10-15 minutes."

Another source says that Linkedin yesterday listed 103 jobs posted by Gannett. These are openings all around the country, many with USA Today.



Bill [unverified] said:

That's just absolutely shameful. But let's be honest,most people working as security officers are just simply lazy,have a need to be in a position of authority and are basically losers. To chase the employee away was uncalled for.

2013-08-16 13:41:32

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