Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Word from Macon

From comments:

I just lost my job @ The Macon Telegraph in Macon Ga.

I must say, what a sorry sorry company to work for... Anything tied to McClatchy is a rotten egg. No one's job is safe in this company. If you can get out, go while you can. The shaft is being handed out.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Remember: Many unemployment agencies offer extra compensation and/or training for people who lose their jobs because their job was outsourced or their industry has died. Newspapers almost certainly qualify in the latter category... this is worth looking into.

Keep your chin up. You're out of terrible situation (working for a newspaper.) The worst is almost certainly behind you.

H. Michael Sarkisian said...

It has been said that every reporter yearns to write the great American novel.

If just 10% of them would be successful, one can imagine all those jobless press folks having work.

After all, there are just so many politicians who need press secretaries.

If there is no press, who needs press secretaries anyway?

Anonymous said...

I was let go last friday from the Modesto Bee and I can honestly say up to that day I was so mentally and emotionally tore up inside. A couple of days have went by and I will say I feel damn good now. This might not be for everyone but once you are let go don't just sit and get depressed jump right into getting your unemployment together also jump on updating your resume and start looking out there. This has helped me out and I'm feeling good now.. Good luck all. Just a quick note I have read this on many comments over the past year just keep this in the back of your mind.
THERE IS LIFE AFTER NEWSPAPERS.

P.S. Just a shout out to my ex coworkers at the Modesto Bee.

Anonymous said...

If people aren't already updating their resumes, they're not thinking straight. You should do it just to see where you stand, whether you've made it through the latest cuts or not.

Anonymous said...

If people aren't already updating their resumes, they're not thinking straight. You should do it just to see where you stand, whether you've made it through the latest cuts or not.

Anonymous said...

What ever you do dont feel sorry for yourself, feel sorry for the people who still work for Mclatchy, It is a sinking ship, and thank God i am one of the rats that got to shore.

Anonymous said...

Leaving McClatchy is exhilarating. Such a sense of freedom to just get out of that toxic environment. Yes, the paycheck thing can be devastating in many cases, but the tradeoff in sense of self esteem and liberation is impossible to truly describe.

Anonymous said...

6:35, that is what my friends keep telling me. The fact is, McClatchy was a toxic place to work *before* this meltdown started. So backward in every way.

Anonymous said...

Rick Hirsch at the Miami Herald and Dave Wilson at the Miami Herald are as safe as bugs in a rug...

Have been and always will be.

Yet, they do no work and no nothing.

Hirsch is over the internet and has no idea how anything works!!

I ran a site with more page views and penetration than the Herald and knew how to do everything -- and my employees kicked butt. Why? Because the boss could show he could do it ALL

Anonymous said...

If you are still emplyed with a McClatchy paper, beware of this ploy: putting together "work groups" of two, three or four people.

This allows your direct manager to disregard seniority during layoffs. Rather, she can just abolish your "work group" while letting other people (her favorites)with less seniority keep their jobs.

Although it did not happen to me, this happened at the S-T (and likely others) with their latest round of layoffs three weeks ago.

The work groups who were laid off are hard-working, creative people whose only shortcoming were their not being wanted in the new department (circa June '08) to begin with.