A few months ago I noted that media companies keep firing journalists when they should be firing their executives. That hasn’t changed. And it’s making me feel like a broken record, or whatever the digital media equivalent is.
I’m not saying I’m a lone voice in the wilderness, but by and large the media that covers the media is focused on institutions and models, rather than the people doing the work.
A few weeks ago The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, where I worked for two years, laid off nine people in the newsroom. I knew all of those laid off and respected their work greatly. And in the comments on the Romensko post people note that two other papers had layoffs on the same day.
There’s more that’s bothering me than the fact that I knew the people who...