More Detroit Daily Press Employees Speak Out

detroit daily pressWe’ve compiled more reactions from journalists who started work at the Detroit Daily Press only to learn Monday that the paper was going on hiatus a week after launch.

Rodney Curtis, who was hired to be the paper’s photo editor, wasn’t so sure about the possibilities to begin with:

I found myself excited about the possibilities, loving the photo editing process, grooving on being with fellow shooters and seeing my shots in print. But along with those highs came the caffeine diet, the irregular sleep, the frustration with management and the complaining. Even being in the newsroom for less than two weeks, the complaining— mine included—was substantial….The first few meetings I took, over breakfast with the initial editor, left me feeling ambiguous and hesitant. I found myself happy that the paper was delayed once, then again, then a third time.

And James Briggs, who left startup AnnArbor.com to cover the Lions and the Red Wings for the Detroit Daily Press, says the whole thing makes him angry at himself, not the paper:

I’m angry at myself in the same way you might get angry if you fell for a Nigerian scam. You knew it was too good to be true, but you let greed take over and wash away common sense.

You vividly remember the last possible moment you could have backed out, when all your analytical instincts were screaming at you to walk away, and you want that moment back. But you — I —didn’t listen, and the moment passed. Now, all that’s left is getting over the embarrassment and moving on.

He, like many others, believe the paper is not coming back in January: “If you can’t sell advertising the week of Thanksgiving, how will you do it in January, the worst month of the year in terms of newspaper revenue?”

Reporter Wendy Clem also notes that subscribers received refunds yesterday, along with a note explaining the suspension. <!–Clem also alleged on her Examiner blog that “an irrefutable source confirms that the other Detroit print behemoths actually threatened to pull their own papers from retailers such as CVS, if they kept good on their original promise to carry and sell the Detroit Daily Press.” CVS, in an e-mail message to Crain’s Detroit, denies all claims of bullying.–>