The News & Observer lost 31 more people today... The newsroom staff has gone from 245 a couple years ago to about 130 as of today. A big cut for a paper that, as a stand alone product, remains profitable.
The employee passed along a mockup N&O front page that was done as a tribute to the employees who are leaving... the feature article in the mockup -- written by I. Ben Whacked -- is a pretty funny article about Captain Pruitt and the RMS McClatchy.
Here is how Romenesko describes the mockup:
A mock front page created for the 31 News & Observer staffers who are leaving the paper today explains that the RMS McClatchy -- one of the largest newspaper steamships in the world -- "was welded together from the hulls of several old steamships, including a leaky tub called the RMS Knight Ridder." Eventually, the steamship hit an iceberg and began to take on water. "Capt. Gary asked for volunteers who would like to go for a swim and then extended the plank."
You can see it here.
Photo credit: goodnightraleigh.com