Recession Reporter Laid Off… Denied Chance To Publish Final Piece About Getting Laid Off

from the in-denial dept

Via Romenesko comes the news that the Chicago Tribune’s own “recession reporter” wasn’t just laid off in the latest round, but was then stopped from posting a story about the experience. Well, he actually published it and it was quickly taken down by Trib editors. Of course, because of the takedown, the text of his blog post is now getting a lot more attention. Reading it over, it’s difficult to see what the Trib was concerned about. It seems like the type of writing they would want in their publication — humanizing the situation, while still being respectful of what’s happening.

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Rogers Cadenhead (user link) says:

Possible Reason to Spike the Story

Most of his post wasn’t very controversial, but he did declare that “I am part of an industry-wide trend that will likely result in the death of print journalism within five years time.” That’s a pretty fatalistic view to put in a paper that’s struggling to stay afloat.

Lou Cardozo also rips them a new one on his own site today, so it’s not like he was going gently into that good night.

If you were his immediate supervisor, and you’re mindful your own job could be next on the chopping block, would you take the risk to run his parting shot?

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