I thought of that when I read John Landsberg's report today that the KC Star laid off a sports reporter.
Cole Young, who has covered high school sports and the Kansas City Wizards soccer team for the Kansas City Star, will be departing the newspaper effective May 31 as part of ongoing cutbacks.
A 2006 graduate of Northwest Missouri State, Young has worked at the paper as a contract employee. The move is a bit surprising considering he had to be low on the payroll scale, particularly in the Star Sports Department, which has some of the highest-paid talent at the newspaper.
"He couldn't have been making even $25,000 a year," said a former Star reporter."That doesn't make a helluva lot of sense. But I have given up trying to figure that place out."
Was this a stealth layoff designed to fly under the radar? Or a financially-strapped company responding to pressure to reduce personnel costs?