Grumpy Abe’s Plain Dealer “hit list” may need some editing. It says that “among the victims was Harlan Spector, the guild president,” while an Associated Press story on today’s Plain Dealer layoffs says Spector volunteered to leave the paper. (Please email me with corrections or post them in comments.)
From Will Bunch’s excellent “The de-newspaperization of America”:
It’s a very very sad day — not just for the journalists involved but for all of us. For more than 40 years, we’ve seen America’s once-great cities dying from neglect, from bad policies and worse politicians, and from the greed that moved people’s jobs out of town and then across the sea — but things might have been even worse if some great journalists hadn’t been there to occasionally yell, “Timber!”
Now even that legacy of the Industrial Revolution is coming to an end. Now we can only wonder: If a smokestack falls in the city and no one is there to record it, does it make a sound?
UPDATE: From the Plain Dealer’s John Kroll:
Corrections I know of: These were volunteers — Margaret Bernstein, Tom Breckenridge, Dave Davis, Stan Donaldson, Pat Galbincea, Mark Gillispie, John Horton, Felesia Jackson, Doug Kramer, John Mangels, Racquel Robinson, Michael Scott, Scott Shaw, Harlan Spector. Not sure, but Deborah Miller and Bill Piotrowski may have been volunteers too. I think there were several others.
Also, this does not count two non-Guild managers — me, the Online Editor, a volunteer, and Randy Roguski, Business Editor./CONTINUES Read More