Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Layoffs 'not as high as expected' at Chron

The number of news and advertising employees who will be laid off by the Chronicle next month "will not be as high as expected," the Guild said in a statement posted on its Website. No figures were given out, but management had previously said it wants to eliminate 150 Guild positions, and 120 employees (see list at left) have agreed to accept buyouts where they get their pension paid to them in one lump sum. The Guild statement said:
    Applicants have three working days to reconsider. Because of the three-day rescission period, and a substantial number of late filers, the final number of buyout applications won't be known until Friday evening. ...

    Given such a high number of volunteers, management said the number of involuntary layoffs will not be as high as expected. The Guild has been informed that involuntary layoffs will not occur April 1 and will likely happen sometime in mid-April. As for non-Guild totals, management has said that those discussions are already in process but gave no specific figures.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm just curious how they intend to keep everyone at SFGate.com while gutting the newsroom. Does that sound like a sound idea? Not really, but I chalk it up to management again not understanding the changing news world.

Anonymous said...

That's right. There's no future in the internet. Good observation.

Anonymous said...

Man, SFGate employee?

If you want to have a long drawn-out argument about it, I could say, "Yes, there is no future," at least not by news corporations -- but I digress. The facts are that most people working at SFGate.com aren't reporters, they're a hodgepodge of advertising, marketing and IT workers called Web producers who are making news decisions.

I don't give it much of chance. Another locally-produced and better executed blog/Web site will get far better traffic and more money.

Corporations and most newspapers don't even grasp what their Web team is doing, so how can there be accountability?

Anonymous said...

Every reporter is part of sfgate. They provide the bulk of the content. The Chron could do a better job merging their newsroom and web operation, but the future of the paper, if there is one, isn't on dead trees. The only economic way to provide it will be online only in the coming years. Even with the recent budget cuts, the paper is still losing millions and will have to jettison paper, delivery trucks, presses and news boxes if it is to have any chance to survive. If you can't see this, what's your model for making them profitable?

Anonymous said...

Are you aiming this question at me? If so, you are barking up the wrong dead tree.

If you look, Mr. Oblivious, to the left hand side of this blog, you will see a decline of 120 people at the Chronicle -- many of them reporters. When you are laying off reporters and content makers/providers and keeping content wranglers/shufflers, it doesn't make sense.

Keep arguing if you like, but it doesn't make it true.

P.S. The jury's still out on the Internet model, but I guess we all need hope, don't we?

Anonymous said...

"When you are laying off reporters and content makers/providers and keeping content wranglers/shufflers, it doesn't make sense."

Yes, indeed, sooooo true!

Anonymous said...

You still haven't explained how to stop the Chronicle from losing money. The reason all those people were fired was because the Chronicle does not make enough money to pay them.