When the Seattle Post-Intelligencer shuttered its print edition in March 2009, 140 journalists, copy editors, and other newsroom people lost their jobs.
Eighteen months later, many are again working. The shock has worn off, reports Ruth Teichroeb, who worked at the P-I until the end of the print edition, and who recently surveyed her former colleagues to see how they’re doing.
Out of the 140 newsroom employees, eighty two responded to Teichroeb’s survey. Half of those are working fulltime; half of the fulltime workers are in journalism, the rest elsewhere.
Nineteen people have started their own businesses.
Nine are in school.
Seventeen are on unemployment and their benefits are due to run out soon.
Two thirds of those working at journalists are earning less than they were at the P-I. Most took a significant (25 percent) pay cut when they got their new gigs. Yet most say they’re just as satisfied, or more, with their new jobs as they were at the P-I. And outside journalism, the trends are reversed: Six in ten of those working outside journalism are making more money but half of this group are less satisfied with their new jobs.