"...I realized that no one has placed a name or face or emotion on these traumatic events in our industry. I think that voice needs to be heard. What echoed in my mind was that the trauma could have been avoided. As I told my father, 'The best thing management did was to hire people like me and my colleagues. The worst thing they did was to not listen to them.'"
-- Pulitzer-prize-winning photographer David Leeson, who leaves the Dallas Morning News today after 24 years at the paper. A.H. Belo is cutting 500 jobs at the three papers it owns (the News, the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise, and the Providence Journal).
Last night at Local 121, around the corner from the Providence Journal building, journalists, politicians and well-wishers said goodbye to a few of the 22 people leaving their jobs at the Journal today. Four newsroom buyout-takers attended:
Photos by Sheila Lennon
Providence Mayor David Cicilline, left, with political columnist M. Charles Bakst.
Library assistant Jennifer Hazard, left; with her is reporter Karen Ziner, who will remain.
Providence Phoenix publisher Steve Brown, left, chats with departing reporter Mark Arsenault.
Political reporter Scott MacKay.
It's not possible to put into words how much this hurts. The Journal, and all of Rhode Island, are poorer for losing the contributions these journalists will not be around to make.
And it's not over. Involuntary layoffs are yet to come.