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Re: “The Mercury News Lays Off 31 Employees

Most of you folks who are commenting seem to be newspaper industry insiders. I am just a reader. And as a reader, I recognize many of these names, thought their stories were well-written and engaging, realize that some of them have been around for DECADES, and am totally depressed by these layoffs. The Mercury News used to be far and away the best Bay Area paper. That era seems to be ending with the MediaNews regime. I don't believe this is just an unavoidable fact of all newspapers being threatened by the Internet and such. If that's the problem, these cuts will only drive people further away from reading newspapers. Laying off respected, recognized journalists is not the answer to reduced profitablity, at least not for this reader. Laying off people whose writing I've come to expect reading, just means even less reasons to buy the Mercury News.

Posted by Jim Fung on 07/04/2007 at 12:55 AM

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