Thursday, March 6, 2008

San Gabriel Valley hit with lay offs

Gary Scott reports a bloodbath is in the works at the "new Inland Group" — San Bernadino Sun, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, Ontario Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and the Redlands Daily Facts — with as many as 30 people out of jobs today and tomorrow.

One commenter wrote: " It was an absolute bloodletting today. At least 30 people among SGV, Ontario, S.B. and Redlands. A complete disaster. What was left of these papers are now just ashes."

This is a terrible week for MediaNews employees here in California and a terrible week for California journalism. Where's the outrage? Media News purchased and is sucking dry every newspaper up and down this state: from the big San Jose Mercury News and Long Beach Press-Telegram — to the smaller East County Times and Whittier Daily News.

It doesn't have to be like this. Others agree. We'll be at a half-day summit sponsored by Common Cause and Free Press on the state of the media in Southern California March 29.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The outrage was visible in Long Beach where P-T journalists, supporter from other unions and citzens came and spooke to their city council in support of an agenda item that has the city manager to take a look at the P-T and access if it is the most appropriate place to continue their $250,000 plus contracts for public notices and advertising. Go to the Stress Telegram, The District Weekly or view the meeting online at LongBeach,gov