That in the expectation that another round of layoffs is about to unfold, sources say.
“We’re hearing it everywhere,” says one staffer who asked not to be named. “There have been meetings between editors and human resources and everyone is expecting the worst.”
That’s the bad news.
The good news is it’s been almost a year since last December when the last troubling round of layoffs at 18th and Grand.
Perhaps you recall.
That’s when practically the entire media world gasped in horror as the newspaper pitted a pair of reporters against one another – a la the movie Hunger Games – essentially leaving them to decide which would go and which would stay.
Not surprisingly, it was Bormann who took the bullet, along with Star publisher Mi-Ai Parrish, who was roundly criticized by everyone from Romanesko and Gawker and to USA Today, Reuters, The New York Times and Indianapolis Star.
Parish tried to put out the PR fire, characterizing the reporter’s situation as “voluntary.”
“As most of you know, The Star has tried to make voluntary options available on many occasions when it has been necessary to make reductions in our workforce, in order to lessen the impact of involuntary eliminations,” she wrote in a memo to staffers.
“For this particular severance program, for any group of two or more employees in which a reduction is to occur we did offer a voluntary option,” Parrish continued. “However, if there are no volunteers, as is our past practice, the employee with the least tenure will be included in the reduction.”
Which brings us perhaps to this Tuesday or reasonably soon thereafter…
Who knows, maybe Parrish wait until next month for Hollywood’s second coming of the Hunger Games on November 22nd.