Back in 1993, I was working at the weekly Sudbury Town Crier, my first newspaper job, when a machine meant to insert ad pamphlets into the newspaper broke. That meant the paper didn't get to the post office on time to be mailed out to our subscribers. So my boss asked/ordered/told me to pack my hatchback full of Town Criers and head to the streets. That meant I not only wrote every story in that week's paper... I delivered every story. By hand. And for those who know Sudbury, with its long driveways and walkways, it wasn't easy.
I think of this as I read this memo in which the News & Observer offers its employees commissions for selling subscriptions.
Dark days at Conde Nast.
The Wall Street Journal: Is it true that you offered to give back some of your salary to save jobs at Sports Illustrated?
Sports Illustrated writer Peter King: It's something I did but I really don't want to talk about it. But I will say this: I make a ridiculous amount of money. I'm not saying I'm not worth it. But I make a stupid amount of money. Sometimes it seems a little absurd considering what's happening in our business.
David Carr on proposed bonus payments to managers at the Tribune Company.