As always, Ian Donnis has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on at the Journal. Working off of his initial story about ProJo parent Belo Corp cutting around 500 jobs throughout the company, Ian also found out that ProJo will cut around 50 jobs or seek buyouts. He’s talked to some veterans over on Fountain Street to get their thoughts:
A source indicates that Kathy Gregg, the Journal’s longtime State House bureau chief, will not consider the buyout.
Metro columnist Bob Kerr, 63, says that he’d like to work indefinitely, but that he will feel compelled to consider the buyout. “I don’t want to have to be told, ‘If you stay, then some promising young reporter has to go,’ ” Kerr says. “I hope it doesn’t come to that yet.”
Political reporter Scott MacKay says, “You’ve got to think about it given the state of the industry. It’s something a lot of veteran reporters are going to have to think seriously about.”
Medical reporter Felice Freyer says she can’t possibly even consider it, because she’s can’t afford it, and that a lot of people who might otherwise be logical choices to take the buyout won’t do so, because “people don’t feel like there are other opportunities out there for them.”
Political columnist M. Charles Bakst, who had previously been thinking about retiring next year, says of the buyout, “I am definitely considering it.”
Those are some substantial names.