When it comes to nightmare layoff situations — the sort that might show up in a political ad, or a movie melodrama — the story of The Times-Picayune ranks high. It was late one night in May, from a New York Times blog, that staff members of New Orleans’ daily newspaper learned that their parent company was planning to slash staff and cut production.
It would be three more excruciating weeks before people were told whether they’d keep their jobs. The paper cut about half of its staff, then quickly started hiring for some of the same positions. On Oct. 1, print production drops from seven days a week to three.