Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Observer axe falls again

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 1:02 PM

The Charlotte Observer has announced that the paper is cutting 25 more jobs, as a result of declining revenue. The cuts, according to Observer publisher Ann “Slasher” Caulkins, include 11 newsroom positions. Details weren’t given in the Observer’s official statement, but we’re told that copy editors and designers are the most likely victims. Considering that the paper has seen a big spike in embarrassing typos, words appearing out of nowhere, and unfinished sentences in the past couple of years, you’d think someone on South Tryon would figure out that ditching more copy editors might be bad for the paper’s credibility, but no. If the Slasher thinks it's hard to sell advertising now, how is it going to help to make the paper seem as if it's being produced by a group of illiterates?

Charlotte Observer publisher Ann Caulkins greets the newsroom staff
  • Charlotte Observer publisher Ann Caulkins greets the newsroom staff

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