It’s not like newspapers are the only businesses that have been suffering in recent years…
That said, while former Kansas City Star publisher Mark Zieman used to get away with blaming the ocean of laid off newsies heading for the exit door every three months on the economy, the real reason for the blood letting is now far more apparent; newspapers are hemorrhaging print revenues (and profits) far faster than they can be replaced online.
It’s nothing new – and it’s obvious to KCC readers certainly – but placing the blame on the economy is no longer a viable excuse.
To that end, the Star is laying off more staffers this week.
I told you about investigative reporter / gunslinger Karen Dillon yesterday. Today the bloodletting continues with photographer Jim Barcus, a classified administrative assistant and an ad entry clerk.
No word on the future fate of Star magazine.
“I’ve heard the rumors of its demise, but I have no idea,” says one staffer. “To me, I just see the product keep shrinking and people don’t get what they paid for anymore.”
Today’s leading layoff is Barcus…
“He was the coolest,” says the staffer. “And very talented.”
As for Dillon, “We haven’t seen her at all,” adds the source. “She left, I guess, right after they told her.”
How about morale?
“Oh, I don’t know. I’ve been keeping my head down – my morale’s not good.”