From Guardian Unlimited
Four journalists from the Baltimore Sun discovered they were being laid off last night â€” in the middle of covering a baseball game.
The move was documented by a fellow reporter online.
“Tough times in the newspaper biz,” wrote the OC Register‘s Bill Plunkett as an aside during his inning-by-inning update from the game. “Two writers for the Baltimore Sun in the press box here got the news â€” by phone, during the game â€” that they had been laid off in the latest round of cost-cutting. Stay classy, Baltimore Sun management.”
Plunkett subsequently updated his comments, adding that another reporter and a photographer had also been axed in the same way.
The cuts came as Baltimore Sun executives slashed 61 newsroom jobs â€” 27 per cent of the paper’s staff â€” as its parent organisation, the Tribune Company, tries to find its way out of $13 billion of debt and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.