Tampa Bay Times layoff memos almost read like hiring announcements

Here’s how Joseph Garnett Jr. announced his layoff from Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times to his Facebook friends:

I guess you have heard by now that I was laid off at the Tampa Bay Times. Almost 22 years of service but it is now time to go in a different direction. Don’t know what that will be but looking forward what it will bring.

Here’s a Times memo on Garnett’s departure:

April 4, 2014

Today we said goodbye to Joseph Garnett, Jr.

Joseph is from Moncks Corner, South Carolina. He attended the University of South Carolina where he studied photojournalism and mass communication.

Joseph Garnett Jr. (via his Facebook page)

Joseph Garnett Jr. (via his Facebook page)

Before our current expansion into video, Joseph was an original member of our exclusive video team. His ability to problem solve along with his technical expertise enabled him to successfully explore uncharted territory in the video realm relative to our newsroom.

Also an adept still shooter who particularly excelled with sports photography, Joseph also served for a while as our Pasco bureau photo chief.

Joseph and his wife, Sue are both very proud of their son Devon, a student athlete at Stetson University.

We wish Joseph all the best with his future endeavors.

Boyzell Hosey
Director of Photography/Multimedia

Garnett, 49, tells me that since the paper is doing more with video now, “I thought maybe I’d last longer. I didn’t think it would come at this point.”

He’s uncertain about his next move – media relations is one possibility, he says – “but I want something that challenges me.”

The struggling Times is reportedly laying off 100 staffers in 2014. Over the past few years, it’s made “stealth layoffs” — letting people go one or two at a time – and it appears that’s continuing. There was another layoff today, I’m told; it was an IT department employee who lost his job.