He was the Sun-Times’ Homicide Watch reporter
My 10 years at the @suntimes came to an end today. Hope they find a way to continue to tell the stories of the 450 murder victims each year.
— Michael Lansu (@mikelansu) June 5, 2015
You’d think a reporter covering murders in violent Chicago would have some job security, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case for Michael Lansu. The laid-off journalist tells Romenesko readers:
For nearly two years, the first thing I did when I woke up in the morning was check last night’s murder totals. I am going to enjoy having a cup of coffee before logging on. I have nothing lined up yet. I plan on taking a few weeks off to recharge and then maybe start freelancing until I can find something permanent.
I really believe in the Homicide Watch project and hope the Sun-Times can continue to tell the stories of Chicago’s 450 annual murder victims.
In a city where police murder totals have been called into question, I think it’s vital to have somebody keep tabs for accurate reporting.
I’m told that Homicide Watch will continue, but the paper is “integrating the HW reporting more into our overall content mix.” Lansu was the only Sun-Times staffer laid off today.