Skip to comments.Layoffs follow pay cut at Poynter’s St. Petersburg Times (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 10/10/2011 7:58:04 AM PDT by abb
When he announced a recent 5 percent pay cut for staff and change in severance payments, St. Petersburg Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash said the cost-cutting will likely include further job reductions, and now it has. In a memo to staff, executive editor Neil Brown acknowledged that layoffs at the Poynter-owned paper had started. The economy affords us no guarantees, Brown wrote, but we hope to wrap up these staffing decisions by the middle of October. Weve been told about eight people who were laid off, but have confirmed only three. The full memo follows.
From Neil Brown to staff
As you no doubt are aware, the work is underway to restructure our newsroom, adjust our leadership ranks and lower our costs in this terrible economy. In announcing the recent pay-cut/extra days off program, Paul Tash said some job eliminations could be expected; they have begun around the company. In the newsroom, we will say goodbye to some dear co-workers and friends over the next couple weeks.
The nature of the St. Pete Times we are privately held and strongly believe in discretion around personnel matters means there is little we can share beyond the periodic notes of farewell. While the staff will be somewhat smaller, we remain committed to producing a first-class metropolitan newspaper and Web site that puts service to the residents of Tampa Bay as our top priority.
We understand the anxiety that such uncertain circumstances produce and share the sadness at seeing friends go. We aim to do this work quickly and treat our staff with respect and dignity. The economy affords us no guarantees, but we hope to wrap up these staffing decisions by the middle of October and then move forward and fully focus on great journalism the rest of the year and in 2012.
As always, Im available as are other senior editors to talk about this or whatever else may be on your mind.
Serves them right! My mother was a delivery driver for the Times for 19 years, and right after that mile marker, they fired everyone and told them to re-apply for their jobs as independent contractors. She missed out on a pension by one year!
Readership of these rags is very low in this area. The Times and the Tribune go door-to-door on the weekends trying to get ANYONE to sign up for delivery.
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The Bay area can’t support TWO papers...it’s a totally changed market, and especially in this economy..conditions are worsened. One has to throw in the towel....the SPT obviously figures they can afford to hang on longer than the Trib..and I suspect they’re correct..
P.S Get out there and support Obama!
They’re both cage liner for my ferrets!
SPT also has the free TBT that seems to be a hit among many office dwellers despite being rank-and-file liberal in their reporting. The adverts alone probably drive a lot of their profits, what little are left.
Other than the NY Times and Washington Post, there’s not a newspaper I would rather see go out of business.
Nothing to see here, a liberal newspaper getting skewered by Marxist economic policies and their pants on fire politifact.com that claims to be unbiased. What goes areound comes around.
Agree..but the Trib occasionally has some common sense viewpoints..the SPT is Pravda by the bay..
Yeah, the Trib has moments of clarity. I def. find myself agreeing with Trib editors more than SPT.
The only time I pick one up is Monday mornings during football season. They have a better (IMO) sports section than the Trib. Other than that, I have no use for either rag.
I’d sure like to have that spot on the Hillsborough that the Trib occupies.
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The St. Petersburg Times should be almost immune to the downward trend in circulation. Pretty much only old timers who are still in the habit of sitting down every AM with the paper are the ones reading newsprint. St. Petersburg has an abundance of old people from what I hear.
This is the government dominated economy that liberals have always wanted.