Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Monday, August 14, 2006

SBNP Salsipuedes: Resignation Toll at 14

Craig Smith has reported that a fourteenth employee has resigned from the News-Press after her beat was switched last Friday. The unfortunate thing is that Smith reports that reporters that are replaces do not get to be part of the unionization process...still, like the Spanish translation of our city street Salsipuedes, Shelly Leachman got out while she could.


Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Self destruction in so many ways. Instead of wondering how credible the news is, now they just do not have any news, even with what is taken from the "wire" services or other publications.

Even though a Monday, the print edition today seems to be a record low in content and advertising:

Local News A-section, 8 pages
World News B-section, 6 pages
Sports C-section, 6 pages
Style & Salon, D-section, 6 pages
Classifieds section, 8 pages

With the city and county government reporters now gone or shifted to other beats, and the new "reporters" being clueless, little or nothing left to read even if one wanted to regardless of their ethics and credibility now down the sewer.

8/14/2006 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Hattie said...

When I saw "Death Toll" in your title I immediately assumed another local tragedy had occurred like the Goleta postal shootings. Sara, I hope you'll consider changing that sensationalist heading. Thanks for all your good work.

8/14/2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Good point 9:27 am -- well taken.

8/14/2006 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not that the new kids on the beat do not "get" to vote on union membership, but just that they likely would not want to.

They were hired for a reason, and they suck up to the bosses there for a reason, too.

In the meantime, NewsPress veterans keep dropping away and along with them those yes votes on the unionization.

This is classic approach by firms and their union-busting lawyers to make conditions unbearable and push out the staff who would vote yes.

8/14/2006 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last thing needed is a union making things worse. The dead weight is gone - be happy!

8/14/2006 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong! Journalists who have security in their work - who can not be fired or forced out - give them the ability to do their jobs as well as they can and tell the truth no matter what it is. Otherwise, you fear for your job and question whether or not you need to appease tyrants like Travis (who I here from a reliable source has pretty much taken on the demeanor of Jack Nicholson towards the end of The Shining).

Somebody explain to me why giving the NP reporters job security and a buffer between the witchy woman that owns the joint is a bad thing?

8/14/2006 5:57 PM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

With Morgan Green and Joe Cole departed earlier than Bloody Thursday in July, the total really is 16.

And, the published newspaper is as thin as ever, and not just today, a thin Monday.

The News-Press is withering away.

8/14/2006 6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please. The NP has been bad for years. Union, not needed.

8/15/2006 2:15 PM  

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