Julie Rehm was The Star’s letters editor and she’s been with the company since 1995. Now it seems she has been cast aside in yet another stupid decision that takes aim at the Star’s presence in the community and not the mostly useless middle-managers or blathering columnists. Yes, Mike Hendricks we’re all looking at you.
In any event, friends of Julie are disheartened by the choice to let her go and the seemingly endless string of bad decisions that have marked the downward spiral of The Kansas City Star. Worse still, the circumstances of the lady editor’s layoff are lamentable. Take a look:
Rehm reported her firing to her Facebook friends and received an outpouring of support with more than 50 comments.
Trooper that she is: She starts thinking about her upcoming job search right away and seeks advice.
“Stop feeling like life is over” might be a bit dramatic but it certainly captures the internal turmoil of Star staffers facing the obsolescence of the print media career path. Let’s not forget that in this digital era there’s really not a reason for a “Letters Editor” now that the vast majority of the Star’s comments and feedback are handled automatically through Internet scripts and comment moderation.
Clearly, the prospect of searching for a new job seems daunting for anyone at this stage of the economy. But Rehm seems to know that there’s simply no alternative but to stare The Great Recession in the face.
Unfortunately, this last entry from the former Star staffer shows the true colors and compassion of this town’s local paper-of-record:
The Great Recession has taken its toll on everyone especailly those folks clinging onto jobs in dying industries and also facing health issues. It’s horrible to think that they couldn’t have found some place else for this seemingly nice lady while the organization seems so top heavy by all counts. Nevertheless, throughout the economic turmoil of these past few years The Star has played cheerleader for a failing economy and only now does it seem that their cast away workers are going to have to do some first hand research on what its like to be broke.