Saturday, March 28, 2009

& more carnage in the trade

Steve Olafson writing in HoustonPress blog about staff cuts at the Chronicle that were covered only minimally in that paper's pages:
The layoffs at the Houston Chronicle cut much deeper into the editorial side of the newspaper than the announced company-wide 12 percent reduction that was announced by publisher Jack Sweeney. By the count of newsroom workers who survived, 27 percent of the paper's editorial staffers were let go yesterday.

Read all here. A week ago Sunday in the San Antonio paper, the editor had a column bidding farewell to more of the departing newsroomers. Irreplaceable talent and experience are being mindlessly discarded; they will not be replaced by "citizen journalists," no matter what the more deluded Web denizens believe.