Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Kansas City Star going through another round of layoffs ... right now

Posted By on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 2:21 PM

click to enlarge starlogo.jpg
Fewer people will be working here by the end of the

day.

Update II (2:21 p.m. September 7): I just received the Star's press release about today's layoffs, which included a statement from publisher Mark Zieman that "The Star won't die, but this recession will." Comforting.



Here's what we learned from the release:

  • The week-long furloughs are "for all senior managers and most

    employees" and it's "necessary."

  • Revenue numbers at the Star are "encouraging, but the

    company is pressed by a continuing economic slowdown."

  • Employees getting the pink slip will get "a transition package

    that includes severance pay and job placement

    assistance."

And here's Zieman's full statement from a memo to employees:

"I know that weathering this recession has been

exceptionally hard for each of you. But we will begin next year with a

steadily improving revenue trend. We are posting record online traffic

and revenue, we remain the dominant media company in our region, our

presses and readership metrics are among the best in the country and our

news products are recognized nationally for their journalistic

excellence. The Star won't die, but this recession will."

Update I (1:15 p.m. September 7): The Star announced "about a

dozen" layoffs on its Dollars & Sense blog about the same time our

post when live. The Star also announced that the paper eliminated about a

dozen unfilled positions.

The consolation prize for those lucky

enough to still have a job? Another unpaid week-long furlough.

The Star had already laid people off in January and May.

Star Publisher Mark Zieman reportedly told employees in an e-mail

that the "continuing economic downturn now forces us to move ahead with

some measures we had hoped to avoid."

Talk about uplifting.

Zieman did try to end on a high note, adding that the Star's

corporate overlord "expects to end the year financially

strong and that an advertising rebound was slowly gaining steam."

"I deeply regret that we've had to take these steps, especially as

we

approach what I believe will be a turning point in this historic slump

in our industry," Zieman's e-mail said.

Original Story (11:53 a.m. September 7): Jason

Whitlock's flame out at The Kansas City Star apparently

wasn't enough to save his former co-workers (not that I really expected

it to save anyone). We're hearing that the daily is going through

another round of layoffs as I type.

I put in a call to Star editor

Mike Fannin's office, which passed me off to publisher Mark

Zieman's office, which passed me off to marketing, which is sending

over a statement.

Not a lot of info yet, but I'll update when I

hear something.

Tags: , , , ,

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Most Popular Stories

Slideshows

All contents ©2014 Kansas City Pitch LLC
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of Kansas City Pitch LLC,
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.

All contents © 2012 SouthComm, Inc. 210 12th Ave S. Ste. 100, Nashville, TN 37203. (615) 244-7989.
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of SouthComm, Inc.
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.
Website powered by Foundation