Thursday, April 30, 2009

Take Me Out To The Ball Game ... Take Me Out Of My Job ...


This will be making some lists, on the suckiest way to find out you've been laid off;

Baltimore Sun journalists laid off while covering baseball game

Four journalists from US newspaper the Baltimore Sun discovered they were being laid off last night – in the middle of covering a baseball game


"Tough times in the newspaper biz," wrote the OC Register's Bill Plunkett as an aside during his inning-by-inning update from the game. "Two writers for the Baltimore Sun in the press box here got the news – by phone, during the game – that they had been laid off in the latest round of cost-cutting. Stay classy, Baltimore Sun management."
Perhaps the Baltimore Sun management was hoping their "pink slip" call would drop into voicemail.

And, there's this, from the same article, a veritable epitaph on the newspaper industry;
Earlier this year David Simon, the creator of TV show The Wire who worked as a reporter at the Sun for 12 years, told the Guardian that the newspaper's decline was part of a general failure to report what was really happening in the city.

"If I want to find out what's going on in this city, I've got to go to a fucking bar and talk to a police lieutenant and take notes on a cocktail napkin," he said. "That's what passes for high-end journalism in Baltimore these days."
Well, I suppose it is better that getting the news, via Twitter.

Hmmm ... Maybe they could have a little more callous, and put it up on the Jumbotron

H/T @GregMitch

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