Not for the first time, The Chronicle is offering buyouts to a large number of workers - at least 125 people for a paper that employs around 1,680 souls. Other industries have been through this drill, too. Longtime staff members weigh whether they can keep careers in an ailing, perhaps dying, industry.
I've seen some excellent professionals walk out of The Chronicle's doors. It's heartbreaking, even though we don't yet now how staff reductions might affect the gathering of news.
If newspapers go down, they have no one to blame but themselves.As I've said before, the longer it takes to get the news to the consumer the more depth it has to be.
Look, I'm a big newspaper guy. But my morning paper is nothing but a conglomeration of AP new releases that I just read the night before on the internet or heard on radio or watched on TV.
I look to my daily newspaper to bring something new to a story above and beyond a headline. Instead, I get more Drudge.
Or maybe an exclusive telling that gas costs more on the weekend.