It's not all layoffs and buyouts

I feel the need to make an anouncement, a proclamation if you will.

Alright, alright. It’s really not that dramatic or important… unless you’re, well, me. And you’re not, but I am so here I go.

Amid all the talk about layoffs, buyouts and resignations in the industry as of late, I can’t help but feel a little torn. It’s hard not to, being a recent college grad and working for a newspaper that’s flourishing – I think our subscriptions are up something like 14 percent from last year – when papers across the country are… laying off, buying out and editors are resigning.

I know, I know. Community papers like the Herald are doing much better than large, national-type papers in the grand scheme of things. But still. It’s scary. So why, exactly, am I torn? Because through all the recent negativity in the business, I have some fabulous news… for me.

Nov. 9 is my official start date as the page designer at the Herald. It’s the job I applied for way back in April when I was sending out resumes and one of the few I can see myself doing for any decent length of time. I’ve filled in a few times for the current page designer and have found I thoroughly enjoy it. It’s been a bit of a sensitive topic and I feel bad about her leaving the Herald. But I’m excited to start the job I’ve wanted for some time now.

The new job comes with a new desk and new responsibilities. In addition to the layout and design of the daily paper, I’ll also have the occassional feature and Basin Banter (for Evergreeners, it’s the equivalanet of Street Talk). Also it’s a consistent job with consistent duties, which comes with consistent pay.

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  1. tor said:

    Whoo! Grats. Aren’t small papers (with the notable exception of Gateway Media?) like that actually growing, anyway? I think the best thing you can do for job security is to find any local bloggers and kill them.

    Saturday, October 4, 2008
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  2. Lisa said:

    Congrats, Kaci! It’s fresh air to hear good news, especially when it’s happening for good people who deserve it.

    Saturday, October 4, 2008
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  3. Kaci said:

    I don’t know who this Ray person is or why he thinks I need to hit the job boards, but…

    Thanks, guys! I’m super excited. And yes, Tor, small papers are growing, in general. If I find any local bloggers worth the effort I’ll be sure to keep your advice in mind.

    Saturday, October 4, 2008
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  4. Dune Cardigans said:

    So excited for you! I actually think that I am more excited that I will be able to call you again!!! But that affects me, not you. (I have been out of English too long – is that affects correct or is it effects?? Just pick the correct one as if I really put it in there) We need to get together sometime!
    Layoffs/Buyouts/Outsourcing SUCKS!

    Sunday, October 5, 2008
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  5. Rikki said:

    Congratulations! Please be a snarky copy editor who thinks they know more about news than the reporters and has pictures of adorable animals hung up and 80s feminism books. please please please.

    oh and chex mix, though i must admit i’ve switched to salt and pepper chips.

    Sunday, October 5, 2008
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  6. Kaci said:

    Rikki: Snarkiness? Check. Chex Mix is a given, though I must admit I’ve moved on to other forms of sodium in a bag. I don’t think I’ve ever owned (or read) an 80s feminism book in my life but the adorable photos of my adorable dog are inevitable.

    Yo: YES we do need to get together sometime… And the calling me affects both of us! Yay!

    All: Thanks for your support!

    Tuesday, October 7, 2008
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