Morgan's Brain

Sep. 25, 2008 at 10:22am

More Writers Leaving TNT

I wanted to link to the story I read in the pulp version about more TNT staffers opting to leave, but their website seems to be down right now. My only hope is that one of my favorite writers, Dan Voelpel, stays. What for the future of the TNT?

Update: the TNT site may actually be up, I can't tell because it looks half of Tacoma is experiencing an interuption in web service. Come on Click!

Update: Looks like we're back online - here's the link - it doesn't mention who took the buyout and who the one who didn't is: 18 employees to leave paper – all but one applied for buyout

comments [16]  |  posted under death spiral, newspapers, tacoma, tnt


by fredo on 9/25/2008 @ 10:52am
Good topic, Morgan. I'm a long-time subscriber and obviously have an opinion. The Tribune needs to make its advertising plans more attractive to prospective local advertisers. The current price for placing little display ads is entirely inconsistant with the value they deliver to the advertiser. A small ad is $200-300. Look at the classifieds! It used to be many pages long, now its just a clearinghouse for people who never heard of craig's list.

by Erik Hanberg on 9/25/2008 @ 11:19am
I can't find it online. Anyone got a link?

by droid116 on 9/25/2008 @ 11:33am
I am with you in the hope that Dan is not be part of that group. I subscribe to his column through email as well.

Sadly, I have noticed a real slowdown in some of the blog postings. I used to make that part of my reading ritual but many parts are getting stale. When Devona Wells left others were going to pick up the posting duties on the Open House blog, but the last entry was ten days ago.

What makes this worse is that the last post on the 15th of Sept keeps showing on the home page of the TNT website. For ten days this has been listed as the online equivalent of front page news.

I really enjoy the paper and the web access to South Sound news. I hope they can adjust quickly and in a fashion that keeps the online side of the publishing relevant and interesting.

by KevinFreitas on 9/25/2008 @ 11:46am looks half of Tacoma is experiencing an interuption in web service. Come on Click!

Click! was down. Not so fun when that's what your office uses.

What's the title of the article? Any time to transcribe a paragraph or two snippet to share?

by Erik on 9/25/2008 @ 11:51am
I am with you in the hope that Dan is not be part of that group. I subscribe to his column through email as well.

We need to start a "Save Dan Voelpel" campaign before its too late.

Maybe enhanced by a online petition.

by Dave_L on 9/25/2008 @ 12:13pm
"Reporter Power!"
"shift other newsroom staff members into reporting."
I don't like to see anyone leave, but I do hope my favorites are safe. What a stressful work environment it must be these days. Any bets on how large can TNT banner ads can get? Now they have the page-corner turning gimmick. Just sayin.' (Does the period come before the apostrophe?)

by NSHDscott on 9/25/2008 @ 1:13pm
Dan's the man, and I like Peter C's stuff too.

I hate to be mean, but please please please let KM be one of the 18! Her columns are like gruesome car crashes -- can't help but look to see the nauseating horribleness.

"Five money tips translated into real-world-ese" (shudder)
"I can't explain, I can only relish American Pie" (dry heave)
"Cotton candy’s dandy, but I’ll take my miracle mop" (threw up in my mouth a little)
"You know [the diet]’s serious when the beer goes" (cleanup on aisle 5!)
That one she wrote in text message-ese (head explodes)

by NineInchNachos on 9/25/2008 @ 8:47pm
Dan Voelpel is a nice guy. He bought me a cheese sandwich at capers once.

Hang in there dan!

by alwayssancerre on 9/26/2008 @ 9:15am
Heard from a friend last night who took the buyout. She and another from advertising are leaving. They were both soon to retire anyway and are grinning from ear to ear.

by fredo on 10/1/2008 @ 12:33pm
Sorry about my previous off-point posting regarding the advertising rates at the Tribune. What I meant to say is that if the paper needs more revenue to halt the exodus of good writers then they should look at adjusting the advertising rates downward. I'll try to look at my postings more closely in the future.

Regarding the writers at the Tribune I like Voepel and Callaghan best. The editorials at the Trib are bit too left of center for me, I would like to see more counterpoint. We need a better editorial cartoonist at the Trib. too. How about RR?

by NineInchNachos on 10/1/2008 @ 8:35pm
my cartoon forces are standing by. Just waiting for the signal from the Tribune.

Awhile ago there was a blog post on the TNT about doonesbury going on vacation and Seago was wondering what people would like to see happen with the space. several folks wrote in to consider the Tacomic, which developed into a lunch meeting.

Things kinda fizzled after the retirement/layoffs debacle.

The Comics section in a newspaper is called the 'sad pages' these days for a reason yo.

by fredo on 10/2/2008 @ 10:42am
My favorite syndicated cartoon is "Dinette Set". Not carried in the Tribune. Can't stand Family Circus with all those ghosts of deceased grandma's and grandpa's looking at all the goings-on.

by Mofo from the Hood on 10/2/2008 @ 11:13am
That Family Circus cartoon is systematic emotional abuse.

by NineInchNachos on 10/2/2008 @ 8:31pm

only through piracy and remixing can we save the mainstream comic strips in todays paper.

by morgan on 10/8/2008 @ 11:33am
I just wanted to point out that Erik Emery Hanberg is blogging about Andrew Fry who mentioned Erik B's Tacoma Urbanist blog post about the TNT who still hasn't listed the Tacoma Sun in their blog list.

by morgan on 10/13/2008 @ 2:14pm
The Biz Journal is reporting that the Olympian paper will now be published by the TNT:

In an effort to cut costs, the publisher of The Olympian newspaper in Olympia said his paper will be published by The News Tribune in Tacoma beginning next month.

John Winn Miller said in an e-mail to Olympian staffers that eight jobs will be affected by the move, but that three of those jobs could be transferred to Tacoma.

Both papers are owned by The McClatchy Co. of Sacramento, Calif. (NYSE: MNI) and both are offering buyouts to employees, as well as cutting payrolls.

The Olympian reported that it now has 171 full and part-time employees.