The Joplin Globe has laid off several employees. We spoke to several of the former employees, and one of them said as many as 22 people were laid off.
However, the Globe has not* confirmed that number, or given a reason for any layoffs.
One former employee, Ryan Atkinson, says he holds no ill will toward the paper, and says he was not given a specific reason why he was let go.
"I can't say I know an official reasoning, just given the current state of the economy and specifically the state of the newspaper industry," Atkinson said. "I can't say it was a big surprise, but I'm guessing just the hardships of the economy and the industry."
Our calls to the publisher of the Joplin Globe and its parent company for comment were not returned.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Globe officials stonewall KOAM attempt to get the story
Except for items on this blog, only one media outlet, KOAM, has pursued the story of last Thursday's firings at the Joplin Globe, and as you might expect, Globe officials, the same ones who so self-righteously rip any public officials who won't talk to them, remained silent: