Monday, September 1, 2014

A Look Back at the Newsroom

In 2009, I wrote a blog post about my former workplace, the newsroom.

It had changed a lot from the first time I set foot there in 1987. Massive layoffs and buyouts became the norm throughout the industry. Newsroom employees are once again facing the prospect of having to reapply for jobs in order to keep working, but as in musical chairs, there are fewer jobs than employees, so many will be out. There are also new titles reflecting changing demands on journalists, so those who can't wrangle cameras and smartphones in addition to notebooks and pens are looking at the exit door.

Many have left the field for more reasonable and secure employment, and who can blame them?

Anyway, here is my little memoir of life in the newsroom that was, and will never be again. Good luck to all my former colleagues who are still in newsrooms (or filing electronically from wherever).



  1. With the link a delightful break from 'OZamania'.

  2. Pat Turner KavanaughSeptember 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Bernice:according to a still-employed friend of mine is the business in NJ, it's far worse then you remember. Now the mantra is "clicks."