The idea of reporters working second jobs has always been a little dicey. There were always strict prohibitions on the type and extent of outside second employment for newspaper employees.
Now with the extreme slashes in income, for some outside employment is a requirement to put food on the table and maintain mortgages and rent.
Recently I ran into a former Booth employee who remains in touch with those inside and said a number of employees have found outside secondary employment or are actively seeking it.
First, it will be interesting to see if editors have been impacted in such a way that they will need to seek outside employment, shared sacrifice and all.
Secondly, how much leeway will Booth make for employees on schedules or on waiving former rules about working for certain employers now that they have made it necessary for employees to seek outside employment?
Maybe sports reporters could work as football referees and cover the game? A little double dip.
But when people are trying to keep the wolf away from the door, is it fair for the landlord to prohibit the use of a weapon in doing that?