Information continues to arrive on today's Booth job massacre. Apparently, Dan Gaydou (who I always liked and respected) stood in front of folks, I believe in Grand Rapids, and explained that the company had to make a bold move and had to do it now. Next year, would have been too late. That kind of talk seems to indicate that all the positive talk about profitability we've been hearing for the past 8-9 months was corporate crap.
Actually the time to do something bold was 12 years ago, but none of the management was smart enough to see it or do it then. Why the same folks that were asleep at the switch 12 years ago think they are able to fix it now escapes me.
The layoffs seem very extensive throughout the chain. What also seems apparent is that the severance packages are not nearly as generous as in the past. Some of the folks getting the layoffs and severance will have a chance to apply for the new jobs, but I'd bet dollars to donuts the wage and benefit packages will be much reduced when they are offered.
There are reports of editors resigning and other editors being laid off. At least one sports editor is gone, according to sources. It is all very sad.
The Flint area editor is apparently defending the company's actions on Facebook, at least according to these comments I received.
Here's the whole Q&A about the Flint Journal as published on MLive. com.
And the video of Publisher Dan Gaydou is here at AnnArbor.com.