Philadelphia Daily News assistant city editor David Preston is urging Philadelphia Media Network to reconsider its plan to cut 37 positions at its newspapers. “It is unthinkable that we cannot find another alternative, a more-creative approach to saving money, than to lay off the young journalists who are the lifeblood of Philadelphia,” he tells colleagues in an email sent on Saturday.
From: Preston, David
Sent: Sat 3/3/2012 1:25 PM
To: Inquirer; Daily News; Philly.com – Producers
Subject: my soapbox moment
On this day when the Inquirer was kind enough to display an article of mine from Friday’s Daily News, along with a PDF link to my 1983 Inquirer Magazine cover story about my mother, please forgive me for feeling empowered to send this message out to everyone.
I was a 28-year-old reporter at the Inquirer when Jim Naughton and Gene Roberts encouraged me and gave me the space to tell my mother’s story, edited by the great Art Carey and laid out by the great Bill Marr. I was only one of many young journalists at both papers who worked in an atmosphere that embraced and nurtured our best efforts. Subsequently I had two more cover stories about my parents in the magazine.
Three decades later, as an editor on the Daily News city desk, I have the privilege of working with and mentoring a new generation of reporters, among the best and the brightest in our profession, and today our beloved joint enterprise is on the verge of losing them. It is unthinkable that we cannot find another alternative, a more-creative approach to saving money, than to lay off the young journalists who are the lifeblood of Philadelphia. At this perilous moment, I urge our company to reconsider this destructive plan, to come up with a different solution, to save these jobs, and thereby to secure the future of journalism in the Cradle of Liberty.
Long live the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.