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Paper Cuts’ Erica Smith is on a Week Long Furlough Today

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Erica Smith is the multimedia producer for the esteemed St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she also serves as the Foursquare mayor. You know her name because she is the creator and updater of Paper Cuts, a map of layoffs and buyouts at U.S. newspapers. Smith is on furlough today and for the rest of the week.

Yes, the woman who has been keeping a Google Map vigil of the newspaper industry bloodletting for the past three years is now finally a victim (at least a temporary one) of cut backs. According to the deal with her union, she’ll have another week in the fall off and another one next year.

We asked her what she was going to be doing with her down time. “Lucky me,” she tells FBLA. “I get to spend time with family members. Then I’ll need a couple of days off.”

Previously on FBLA:

  • Erica Smith is Miffed at CNN for Misquoting Her Stats
  • FBLA Interview With Paper Cut’s Erica Smith
  • Attention Journalists: The Hemorrhaging of Newspaper Jobs Has Slowed

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