Reports are filtering in that the long-anticipated layoffs happened today at the Chronicle. Once again, the reporters who are exiting the building on Fifth and Mission Streets in San Francisco are seasoned journalists who have done fine work. The 15 who were let go include:
Update: I have removed the names of those laid off by request. However, I want to note that those who were laid off should not regard it as a dark mark against their reputations. They were fine reporters, merely caught in a changing industry and a declining economy.
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A few of these reporters were sent home today; a few were told they had jobs until August. This latter group also learned that they if they left before then, they would not get a severance payment.
There has been a substantial change in the Chronicle in the last month with the exit of more than 100 reporters and editors. The paper is very thin and most articles are short. The paper is still managing to do some good reporting, but those articles are piled onto the front page . When you open the Bay Area section, there is barely anything there.