The changes at the Times-Picayune strike fear in journalists nationwide. We all know what’s happening to the newspaper business model: the death of classifieds, the migration of display ads and readers to the web, the once-astounding profit margins shriveled and shrunk. I worked for the paper in the ’90s, and many of the people who lost jobs there are my friends, who have been treated with stunning disrespect thoroughout a hamhanded severance process. (The latest indignity: cheery signs, posted around the building, telling them where they can get boxes to pack up their desks.)
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