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C-J Layoffs Include Familiar Names

June 21, 2011

Previous layoffs at the Courier-Journal have not affected the paper’s newsroom the way today’s announcement has, according to sources inside the newspaper. It seems like reporters whose bylines are familiar to readers have been spared, as the paper chopped personnel in advertising and production. But this time, readers of the newspaper will notice the layoffs.

Here’s a partial list, according to a source familiar with the cuts:

  • Bettye Baye, editorial writer, columnist
  • Rick McDonough, assistant suburban editor
  • Niki King, Neighborhoods reporter
  • Melissa Poore, Neighborhoods reporter
  • Tom Nord, Velocity editor
  • Lisa Hornung, Velocity
  • Sheryl Edelen, Neighborhoods
  • Tiffany Meredith, Metro editor

I’m told that David Dailey, Lifestyles editor, resigned today.


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13 Responses to C-J Layoffs Include Familiar Names

  1. John Bowman on June 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    In newspapers, this sort of news never stops. I resigned my job with the owner of the San Jose Mercury News four years ago amid layoffs and cutbacks. Now I’m a Realtor without a good newspaper to read. It’s a sad day for the U.S.A.

  2. Lee Cable on June 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I work for a small Southern Indiana paper and it’s just heartbreaking to hear this news. These people were great journalists. With the journalism schools turning out thousands of new, potential writers every year, the future is going to look even more bleak as we will be competing for what jobs remain — and we are already underpaid.
    Journalism use to be a job to be proud of, but big corporations are going to ruin it for all of us. Just a shame.

    • Keyaan on July 26, 2011 at 1:49 am

      This makes everything so completely pailnses.

  3. James Zambroski on June 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Back in the day, Tom Nord was probably the finest writer I’d ever read at the CJ…but then he sold his soul; working in news wasn’t good enough for him; he became one of THEM, a manager, an editor and today, eaten by his own kind.

    Still, having been on the beach myself for a couple of years, I feel the pain from that list; know about half the people on it. Small comfort to say you’re not alone. So many of us thought print journalism was this sacred cow, an institution so valuable to freedom that it would naturally be exempt from the vagaries of finance and economy, that a free press was just too integral to a great way of life to be threatened by something as shallow as a business model. We weren’t wrong–freedom will suffer in the end, culture and our way of life will take a dive when newspapers finally and forever go under. But it turns out none of that matters; just another thing for the bean counters to ruin.

  4. Tom Nord on June 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

    James, you were never one to mince words…

    • James Zambroski on June 23, 2011 at 10:03 am

      Well, the whole thing just pisses me off, that’s all…

      • Wilma on July 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

        Aritlces like this are an example of quick, helpful answers.

        • Kamryn on July 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

          Great hammer of Thor, that is powerfully hlpfeul!

    • Rose on July 26, 2011 at 8:50 am

      I can’t bleeive I’ve been going for years without knowing that.

  5. Prudy on July 15, 2011 at 2:20 am

    That’s 2 clveer by half and 2×2 clever 4 me. Thanks!

    • Cornelia on July 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Unebleivable how well-written and informative this was.

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