Kansas City Star publisher Mi-Ai Parrish announced in a memo to staffers today another round of layoffs, the third since she took the helm in the summer of 2011. Just how many people are losing their jobs, and who those people are, is unknown at the moment.
This one is from UNITY: Journalists of Color, which put together a 100 best journalists in the last 100 years list as a response to the New York University list that came out earlier this week. UNITY said the NYU list lacked diversity (though of the journos with KC connections, two were black). Continue reading
Former Star staffer Jim Fitzpatrick, who blogs at JimmyC Says, attended an event where new Star publisher Mi-Ai Parrish gave her thoughts on the paper and its future. He gives an ebullient review of her remarks, noting that she called the paper “my Star.” (Note: I’ve always thought “Our Star” would be a great marketing ploy, playing at the rhyme, but also the shared sense of community that a newspaper and its readers should have.)
Fitz’s key takeaways? Read on… Continue reading