The Unemployed Life

South Florida journalists band together to help fellow laid-off reporters

Reporters don’t curry much favor with the public. So it’s no surprise that, during this economic downturn, laid-off journalists don’t get the same sympathy as, say, unemployed police officers or veterans. As newspapers across the country downsize, or outright cease to exist, who will help the unemployed journalists? Other journalists, of course!

Enter Stacy Singer. After watching friend after friend get the ax, the Palm Beach Post reporter decided to create a nonprofit that would provide short-term aid to laid-off reporters. She’s calling it “After the Jump.” Singer has already put the word out to several news organizations and has the support of the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Broward New Times reporter Bob Norman has the full text of Singer’s call to action on his blog, The Daily Pulp.

A worthy effort. If only we had a Stacy Singer here in Tampa Bay . . .

Behind the News

Newspapers’ death spiral continues: Seattle P-I stops the presses

44969988_af46b72fe6Looks like I have more friends in low places. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer‘s last print edition will hit the newsstands tomorrow. Then, they go online-only with a reduced staff. This is the second major U.S. city to lose a daily — Denver’s Rocky Mountain News went down a few weeks ago. The San Francisco Chronicle may be next.

My former colleague Anthony Salveggi called this scenerio back in January.

So, Seattle reporters, let me know if you need help making your signs.

UPDATE: Newspaper Death Watch is reporting that the Tuscon Citizen‘s last day may be Friday.