Thursday, May 5, 2011
Paper closes sports, photo, features departments
MediaNews Group is shutting down the sports, photo and features departments of its unionized Long Beach Press-Telegram and allowing the 14 employees in those departments to apply for jobs at the non-union Torrance Daily Breeze. That’s according to the Orange County Weekly, Long Beach Post and blogger Gary Scott, a Socal newspaper veteran. The problem is that the Breeze doesn’t have openings for all of these Press-Telegram workers, so at least two sports writers, a features writer and a photographer will be out of work. Apparently, MediaNews plans to have Long Beach paper rely on the Breeze for its photography, features and sports. A Guild rep is quoted as saying this is union busting by MNG.