Save Money: Fire Yourself

How often does this happen? Mankato editor resigns rather than cut staff

MANKATO, Minn. — The top editor of The Free Press announced she would resign rather than cut newsroom jobs to meet budget targets.

On Tuesday, The Free Press reported the decision by editor Deb Flemming to leave the company on April 9 as part of a broader cost-cutting plan. She informed her staff on Monday.

“Clearly, my leaving kept additional folks in the newsroom,” she said. “You need people to do the job. Without people, it will impact the quality of the product you give readers.”

Flemming, 50, said she wouldn’t be looking for another newspaper job, at least right away. “I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’m really looking forward to a change.”

Hats off to her. I await a report that a consultant hired to cuts costs immediately scrapped his own contract on cost-cutting grounds.

17. March 2005 by jeremy
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