At the House of Pho we subscribe to the print edition of the BJ on weekends and pick up stories online during the week. Today we got a copy of the print edition because, as you can see, it's a bonus day.
Which led to an odd discovery: No story about the layoffs. Anywhere. Not on the front page. Not, as you can see, in the preview box. Nowhere.
Goddamit! My biz section stuck to the back of sports, which I didn't check. So instead of spiking the story altogether, the BJ just buried it. Hat tip to reader Rick in Medina for pointing it out.
Cruised over to Ohio.com -- same story. Nothing in the News or Breaking News tabs. If you already have the link, you can check out the story posted last night, but I couldn't find it on the site.
I have to wonder if someone in Western Canada objected to the coverage. Though it's not like they can keep it under wraps.
Meanwhile, some anonymice who appear to be in the know -- based on SiteMeter hits possibly staffers -- have posted some comments worth rescuing:
- Yo...announcement on layoffs was indeed made today. 25 percent of the newsroom cut. Gone -- after 60-days -- will be some well known bylines, parents that are sole breadwinners in their households, single moms, folks who uprooted their families to come work at the once heralded place. Cuts include 11 reporters, 8 copy editors, 7 student correspondents (students at local colleges who do a terrific job -- sort of like longterm internships), 4 photogs, 3 clerks, 2 artists and 1 librarian. These are the Guild -- union jobs. In addition, three managers were cut. See more on the retirees' blog --- Google Akron Beacon retirees blog -- that should get you there. Cuts expected to save $2.3 million a year -- that is indeed in the newsroom alone, according to folks on the inside.[R]
- [R]eporters cited in your post were indeed hit -- Abrams, Abraham, Reed, Thomas, Storm, McManamon and Wallace. In addition, Armon, Mackinnon, Massey and Estwick. All very, very sad.
- Addendum to above -- voluntary resig. being accepted 60 days.... would reduce no. of layoffs, which would be a terrif. thing, but positions still gone forever
- The Beacon Journal's new owner has said profits have declined by half during the last several years and are expected to drop again this year. The newspaper has about 135,000 daily subscribers. Employment was cut in 2001 with the first newsroom layoffs in the newspaper's history. A voluntary buyout followed.
"We knew the cuts were going to be deep . . . but it's a tough day here at the paper," said Andale Gross, Akron unit chair for the newspaper union. "We lost a significant number of people out of the newsroom. We lost some special talent."