Skip to comments.Westchester (Journal-News, Weschster, NY) biz news staff gone (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 08/28/2009 5:48:56 AM PDT by abb
The entire business news staff at The Journal News in Westchester County, New York, a Gannett newspaper, is gone this week in the round of 50 cutbacks at the paper.
These include business editor Mike Bieger and reporters Julie Moran Alterio, Jerry Gleeson and Jay Loomis. The former business editor, who was most recently data desk editor, Frank Brill, was also laid off. Brill is a former board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
The move calls into question whether eliminating coverage of business news in the worst recession in two decades is a good idea.
There is no one left in a department that once had 14 people: a top editor, an assistant editor, three copy editors/page designers, eight reporters and one editorial assistant. Last December, business reporter David Schepp was also laid off. He covered workplace, business of health and Rockland County
This staff covered such locally based corporations as: PepsiCo, IBM, MasterCard, Readers Digest, MBIA, Dress Barn, Bunge, Jarden, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and many other smaller ones.
The staff also covered small business, the economy and consumer issues in an area with a population of 1.3 million people just north of the world financial center of New York City.
I wonder if Gannett employees are making the connection yet?
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The Obamaloon administration don’t need none o’dat “business stuff”.
Dat’s capitalist crap.
Dat’s why dey demanded that the paper drop staff. Dey’ll only need one news outlet soon anyway.
Their tax dodgers and law school dropouts know all there is to know about running businesses and countries.
The question is: Why does a tiny paper need a full time Biz staff anyway? Most of the really big papers only have one or two dedicated writers/editors and most of their business stuff usually comes off the wires.
Just make sure the guy covering Town Hall and the police blotter can also write about local business. (New shop opens at Mall)
My son, visiting us from Seattle, brought with him the last edition of the Seattle P.I. Tuesday, March 17 was their last day.
I wouldn’t mind having a copy of the last NY Times or WashPost =o)
Their readership is dropping like a rock and their editors are hardcore leftists and Democratic party shills. I'll bet they are cursing GWB on their way out the door.
I'm sure Mr. Hopey-Change will make everything better for them.
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Business news writers tend to cover plans for new businesses and business expansion in their coverage area. This is NY State, no business news to cover.
When they bid up old nhewspapers into books, what are those called?