Hearne: Unhappy ‘Ink’ Magazine Editor Jocelyn Jacobson Bails on Star

They’re dropping like flies at 18th and Grand…

Three today. However this time out, the body count at the Kansas City Star is exiting on a voluntary basis.

Long missing TV critic Aaron Barnhart bit the dust (officially) earlier today. Followed by copy editor Pamela Spencer.

And now, the biggest fish of all to fall – in summer shocker – Ink magazine editor Jocelyn Jacobson.The popular former FYI fashion and house and home editor was forced this past spring into taking Laurie Mansfield‘s old job running Ink after Mansfield snagged longtime FYI editor Mary Lou Nolan‘s position running FYI and features.

“Jocelyn didn’t want Ink and she told them that from the get-go but she was forced into it anyway,” says one Star staffer. “Ink just wasn’t her thing.”

Next stop for Jacobson: another embattled Kansas City institution, Sprint.

“I think it’s a loss,” says the staffer. “I mean, Jocelyn’s a good employee and a workaholic. But she’s not a Laurie Mansfield. It’s bad management, it was a bad management decision. You don’t take a good employee and make them miserable.

“To take somebody like Jocelyn and stick them in Ink – it just wasn’t good for her. She hated it. She was miserable. And so it was like, why stay here and be miserable? She’s so kind and so sweet –  she’s not a job hopper.”

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8 Responses to Hearne: Unhappy ‘Ink’ Magazine Editor Jocelyn Jacobson Bails on Star

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  2. Rick Nichols says:

    A Moving Scene from Jocelyn’s Last Day on the Job

    “The pay isn’t great and the hours stink.
    I’ve had it with them! I’m done with Ink!
    Hey, there’s always Sprint,” she said with a wink.
    “Now would anyone else like to go out for a drink?”

  3. balbonis moleskine says:

    Sprint–there’s great job security there. Said nobody, ever.

  4. the dude says:

    Ink- what a horrible bar rag.
    I would have left too if they forced me to be in charge of the Pitch ripoff.

  5. Hot Carl says:

    Anybody hanging around in print is an idiot. As Egon Spengler said, “Print is dead.”

    • admin says:

      Not quite.

      I think it’s more a case of the handwriting being on the wall but hundreds of thousands of Kansas Citians still take and/or read the Star in print and all the electronic media follow it with rare exception…car crashes, fires and grisly inner city murders.

    • StillAtMyMoms says:

      Nice Ghostbusters reference. Ironically I was a Journalism major myself back in school; graduated in 2008, at the height of the downfall. *facepalm*

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