Ouch, this is pretty brutal. In a survival of the fittest type of test, The Journal News, a newspaper in Westchester County, NY, has told 300 employees they'll have to reapply for their own editorial and advertising jobs. Friday is the deadline for applications, and in two weeks the paper will decide who will stay and who will go. Seventy workers, 50 in editorial and 20 in advertising, will lose their jobs no matter what.
The employees who are rehired, so to speak, will be faced with slightly altered job descriptions that include a greater emphasis on the paper's website. Michael J. Finch, president and publisher of The Journal News, explained, "The business is changing and it's changing rapidly. We need to embrace and integrate these skill sets that will support a multiplatform approach to what we do."
I suppose the paper's actions could be considered as fair, but can you imagine how upset you'd be as an employee of several years up against newer staff members? What do you think of the way The Journal News is handling its restructuring efforts?