There was another round of layoffs at my newspaper. And by layoffs, I mean “a reduction in workforce.”
21 people were workforce reduced, including one of the editors I worked with. I mean with whom I worked. Whatever. Screw it. Who cares about grammar?
OK, I do. But not right now.
I’m not a real journalist anyway. That is, I know that many newspaper staff writers see freelancers as wannabes, unless the freelancer was once a staffer. That’s fine. I don’t have the college degree or the beat-the-streets-get-shot-at-and-live-through-it background that most real journalists do. Often, when I interview someone for an article (or, more often, an advertorial) and they want to email photos, I tell them to send them directly to the editor because “I’m just a freelancer who works outside the main office.”
“Just” being the operative word. “Outside the main office” meaning part-time, at the cluttered desk in my home office, with no makeup on and my dog at my feet. Not exactly Lois Lane, Girl Reporter. Even though I have the wardrobe.
Vintage Pendleton suit. Fake bun. Haven't had that much real hair since the '80s.
My lack of inner sanctum/newsroom experience does not mean I don’t sympathize with those who’ve lost their jobs. It is particularly distressing to know that at least one person who was laid off had been there 25 years. He has good skills and some connections, so my hope is that he finds another job soon.
But the reality is that if you look at writing jobs now, most organizations aren’t looking for seasoned professionals to whom (good grammar, right?) they have to pay a living wage. Nope. I’ve seen ads for “writing interns,” which means recent college grads who live with their parents and will take any crappy job that pays their car insurance.
I’m sorry this isn’t one of my wittier posts. I’m just not feeling it today. Please forgive me. To make it up to you, here’s a key chain slogan I wrote and sold (for $75, I think) to a social expression company about fifteen years ago, when I used to be fun.
"Just" being the operative word.