Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sad . . .

This is really sad, at least I heard from the horse's mouth that we were done:

'Baltimore Sun' Sportswriters Laid Off in Mid-Game Coverage

By Joe Strupp

Published: April 30, 2009 10:02 AM ET
NEW YORK This may be a first, sportswriters who were laid off in the middle of a game they were covering.

Three writers and a photographer from The Baltimore Sun -- which has slashed some 61 jobs since Tuesday -- were reportedly informed Wednesday in the middle of a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels, The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. reported.

The Guardian cited an online report from fellow baseball scribe Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register: "Tough times in the newspaper biz. 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."

The story did not identify the writers. Tribune and Sun officials have not responded to repeated E&P requests for comment on the layoffs, which included at least 18 editors.

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