It takes real guts for a publisher to cut 20 percent of his staff, then make himself available to face the people whose jobs he erased. It takes just as much guts for that publisher to lay out his decision to his readers.
Yes, that takes guts, but that is not the way Joplin Globe Publisher Dan Chiodo handled the Thursday massacre, a source close to the Globe told The Turner Report.
Chiodo not only did not make himself available to the people whose livelihoods he eliminated, on the next day others had to explain to remaining staff members why many of their colleagues were no longer working for the Joplin Globe.
Under Chiodo's direction, however, long-time employees were told by their department managers at approximately the same time their jobs no longer existed. Then they were given a few short moments to remove their belongings, then were escorted from the building.
Apparently, Chiodo does have a little bit of a heart, however. Sources indicate Chiodo planned to make even deeper cuts to the newsroom, but changed his mind following an impassioned plea for her staff from Editor Carol Stark.
For those of you not familiar with Dan Chiodo, he is the same man who once proclaimed the weekly Joplin Herald as a necessity because there is not enough room in the Joplin Globe to put Joplin news.
If he has his way, there won't be enough reporters to gather that news. Thankfully, that should not keep the Globe from creating more niche magazines to further dilute the news product.