Once upon a time, something called “stability” existed within the ranks of the newsroom at the Kansas City Star.
These days it’s every man, woman and child for him or herself, as a six year gallows march continues with news staffers locked in a quarterly ranks thinning vice, resulting in those who can find work outside the newspaper sending out resumes and job feelers lickety-split.
The latest local casualty of the uncertain times in print journalism:
Features head Laurie Mansfield.
Mansfield pyramided a mid level editorship at the Des Moines Register and a major hand in helping launch the newspaper’s fluff weekly Juice in 2005 into an editorship overseeing the launch of Ink here three years later. She took over for veteran features editor Mary Lou Nolan last spring.
Prior to mansfield, Nolan ruled the FYI and arts and entertainment roost for 14 years. Mansfield’s tenure will be closer to 14 months when she skips town for a job, reportedly in Los Angeles.
Rumors have been roiling for weeks, but hard partying Star editor Mike Fannin has been on vacation galavanting about France the past two weeks and was not in town to post the announcement.
Some say the handwriting’s been on the wall since Manfield’s hubby, reporter Bill Reiter, bailed for Fox Sports last October. The couple essentially arrived here as a package, with Reiter landing a “sports enterprise” position at the Star in July of 2006.
The hard charging Mansfield’s departure is a huge blow for the Star and replacing her won’t be easy, insiders agree.
And the beat goes on…