There's no way around it: It's a sucky time to be a journalist these days.
The latest evidence comes from the Houston Chronicle, which is telling its people to expect even more job cuts
Here's the memo:
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As our newspaper continues to report the condition of the economy, we read about companies in all business categories adjusting their size to match current and projected revenues. The Houston Chronicle must do the same in spite of your diligent effort.
Consequently, over the next 60 days, we will be reorganizing our employee base in all divisions around a reduction in force of at least 10 percent. As we restructure the Chronicle, rest assured that we are planning and researching many other cost saving initiatives so we can keep job eliminations as low as possible. I ask for your help, in that regard, so please keep submitting your cost savings ideas through our new program.
I hope you understand that difficult decisions must be made in challenging times and I ask for your patience as we work through this period of unprecedented change.
At least it was "sincerely."
Best of luck to everyone over there.
-- Richard Connelly