The Journalism Shop Surveys Former LAT Staffers

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Brett Levy at The Journalism Shop polled 75 former LAT staffers and has a grim assessment of how they’re doing now. It seems our dark vision of a bunch of seasoned reporters a decade from retirement age suddenly out of work and feeling obsolete in an industry forever changed is…well, not too far off.

Levy writes:

More than two-thirds are still receiving unemployment checks, though 68 percent expect those benefits to expire within 30 weeks of when the survey was taken in mid-November. The loss of benefits are despite the 14-20 week-extension recently signed by President Barack Obama.

The eventual end of benefits weighs heavily on the former Times employees.

“I’m hanging in there, but don’t know what I’ll do when I don’t have unemployment as a base,” wrote one female ex-staffer. “I’m in my 50s and it isn’t easy to find a job at my level and impossible to find one that pays what I used to make.” All comments were offered anonymously in the survey.

Read the whole piece here.

Previously on FBLA:

  • The Journalism Shop of Former LAT Staffers Launches