No joke, the Sun purged almost a third of the newsroom. David Ettlin's blog post is a must:
On Ordine and Maese:
"Sports reporter Bill Ordine had his tickets and reservations to cover the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, but instead was packing up his desk Wednesday afternoon. Reached by phone, Ordine said he had been expecting to cover the race but was not surprised at the sudden change in plans because 'I was pretty low on the [Newspaper] Guild seniority list.'
"A longtime sportswriter in Philadelphia, Ordine came to the Baltimore paper as an assistant city editor before going back to his specialty and a Guild- jurisdiction job. His byline topped the lede story, on horse racing safety, in Wednesday’s sports section.
"Below the fold of the morning newspaper was popular sports columnist Rick Maese. With the Los Angeles Angels in town, Maese was writing about the team’s Western Maryland-raised pitcher Nick Adenhart, whose anticipated return would never happen. Adenhart was killed in a car accident three weeks ago, hours after pitching his first game of the baseball season for the Angels. It may have been Maese’s last column in The Sun.
"Wednesday afternoon, Maese was back at work at Oriole Park doing an interview when he got the news of his layoff by telephone, according to accounts from colleagues at the newspaper."
The coverage here is also worth a look:
Includes the memo everyone got. "These decisions are always difficult, we regret the impact, blah blah etc."
The Sun published a small item about the bloodletting in it's business section. It's not very informative, but what are they supposed to say? I'm a little surprised, frankly, that anyone was left to write it.
This is all pretty profoundly sad, to my way of thinking. I like blogs as much as the next guy, but I don't think they do what print journalism did in its heyday in terms of having the resources to dig and hold people accountable. I don't think anything does that nowadays and that's a dangerous loss. I don't see any reason to believe print will recover, although I wish it would. Meanwhile I'm just sorry for everybody who's out, and really, for everybody who's still in as well.