Tagged: layoffs

Burnt Ends: Layoffs and sabbaticals

  • Latest KC Star layoffs include longtime reporter Karen Dillon and photographer Jim Barcus. (KCC)
  • “The golden era of government reporting that for decades provided an added protection for our public from bad or corrupt governments has passed _ at least it has in Kansas City,” said Dillon on Facebook.
  • KU prof David Guth won’t be back in the classroom this year. (KU)
  • McClatchy ad revenue drops, but digital-only revenue is up. (SacBee)
  • RELATED: McClatchy paywall has generated more than 31,000 subscriptions, a gain of 6,000 in the last quarter, generating $22.6 million in 2013. (McClatchy)
  • KC Star, LJWorld, KUSports.com, Topeka Capital-Journal, University Daily Kansan nominated for Editor & Publisher EPPY award. (E&P)

Star publisher: reporters weren’t forced to make decision on jobs

Kansas City Star publisher Mi-Ai Parrish issued a memo to staff today strongly denying reports a pair of staffers were forced to choose which would keep her job.

The memo was obtained by Bottomline Communications. Read the full memo there. Continue reading

KC Star reporters told to decide who stays, who goes

A pair of Kansas City Star reporters were reportedly told to figure out which one of them will stay and which will go, in the wake of layoffs announced earlier this week, Hearne Christopher wrote yesterday.

Veteran reporters Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann have been identified as the two reporters with an impossible choice. Continue reading

More layoffs at KC Star

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.

The Star was hit by layoffs in February and September, and the paper announced plans to institute more furlough days in July. Continue reading

KC Star announces more layoffs

The Kansas City Star is laying off 12 full- and part-time positions, the paper reported today. It’s the second round of layoffs in less than a year.

Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish said the job eliminations were a difficult step that comes as the newspaper continues to “restructure and strategically reinvent” its operations.

The paper will also eliminate several open positions. The Star’s story didn’t specify if any newsroom positions were affected.

KC Confidential reports an IT specialist, three accounting staffers, a telephone operator and two production specialists were among those let go, a week after a McClatchy executive visited The Star. Today is the 132nd anniversary of the paper’s first edition.

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