Give Light and the People Will Find Their Own Jobs
Almost one-fifth of the workforce of The Cincinnati Post and The Kentucky Post will be cut due to a slowdown in newspaper advertising, parent company E.W. Scripps announced April 9. The cuts will be made first through attrition and buyout packages offered to Post employees with at least 10 years service, with mandatory layoffs also a possibility.
A total of 20 newsroom jobs are to be cut — 18 percent of the staff. Under The Post's joint operating agreement with The Enquirer, the morning paper handles all business functions for both papers, with The Post responsible only for its news-gathering operations.
John C.K. Fisher, a Kentucky Post reporter who's also president of the Newspaper Guild's Cincinnati local, says his union likely will offer a counterproposal to Scripps regarding the number of job cuts. But he says he knows cuts are coming.
"I don't know if we can save jobs," he told CityBeat.
Two questions arise from this announcement: Will newsroom cuts also hit The Enquirer, and will this latest setback cripple The Post?
A job freeze has been in place at The Enquirer for a while now, and newsroom employees there have been buzzing about possible layoffs since layoffs were announced at the Akron Beacon Journal and other dailies. The same sales force sells ads in both The Enquirer and The Post, so it's not difficult to believe declining ad revenues would effect both papers.
As for The Post's future, the loss of 20 reporters, editors and support staff — particularly people with lots of experience — will hurt. The paper has been steadily losing readers for years, with daily circulation now standing at about 56,000. How much lower can circulation go?
"One way or another," Fisher said, "this paper will go on and the people who work here will go on."
Don't Call Me; I Won't Call You
Police Chief Thomas Streicher said at a press conference April 9 he wants open communication with the public. When a CityBeat reporter asked if Streicher were dropping his demand for two weeks' notice before granting interviews, Streicher laughed at her, asking where she got such a notion. But the two-week rule was straight from the Cincinnati Police Division itself.
In a March 28 response to a request from CityBeat, public information officer Kathy A. Tscheiner wrote, "If you are still interested in an interview with the chief, the questions must be submitted in advance, and generally a minimum of two weeks advance notice is needed to fit a half-hour interview into his schedule."
All the World's a Stage
Credit Rev. Damon Lynch III with defusing a potentially violent encounter at City Hall the same day. As a meeting of the Law and Public Safety Committee Meeting was ending, Lynch announced police were surrounding City Hall. He told Streicher the meeting, although noisy, had been nonviolent.
"Call off your dogs," Lynch said.
When the crowd left City Hall, police were nowhere in sight.
Bad writing, bad acting and bad editing led to a lot of negative comments and even laughter from the audience at a Saturday night viewing of April's Fool playing at The Esquire in Clifton. When the lights went up after the film was over, most people in attendance were surprised and embarrassed to see actors Mike Dennis and Kristin Vandivier — the movie's leads — also in the audience. It was even more of a surprise when the film's producer, Mark Turner, asked the audience for comments about the film. Gee, hadn't he heard enough?
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