Story at a glance:
- Massive layoffs have changed the way newspapers do business; they’re now even more short-handed and time-crunched than ever.
- Newspapers need quick-turnaround content to help fill pages.
- How to position and pitch yourself to editors, so you can be featured in the news.
Back in October, I was a beneficiary of the sadness sweeping newspapers across the country — more than 20,000 layoffs since 2008 (and that’s a conservative estimate).
Here in Tampa-St. Petersburg, one of our two major dailies, The Tampa Tribune, laid off about 30 veteran reporters and editors in June, in a desperate effort to balance its books. It didn’t work. The paper laid off 165 more employees just last week.