Got word that the Palm Beach Post jolted the newsroom yesterday with a bulletin-board announcement that it is cutting costs in the next few weeks, including eliminating an unknown number of newsroom staffers through "early retirement" packages.
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Post management will also reduce the size of the newspaper by cutting pages, combining sections, and axing some sections altogether, according to a source.
It's another chilling sign of the severe contraction of the newspaper industry, and the method used to convey the potentially life-changing cuts only added to the jarring nature of the news. The announcement was made via letter-sized memos from the desk of Publisher Tom Giuffrida that were posted on bulletin boards around the newsroom.
"No newsroom meeting, no department meetings, no e-mail notice, no first-hand delivery whatsoever to newsroom employees," wrote the source. "How utterly classless is that?"
More on this later, I'm sure.