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George Vecsey to Aspiring Sports Journalists: Do Something Else

George Vecsey recently took a buyout from The New York Times, so he’s got some time on his hands. And with plenty of wisdom gained over the many years working in journalism, he’s a great source for insight into that world.

However, according to an interview he did with Bill Lucey, that world is dying. When Lucey asked what advice he would give to aspiring sports journalists, Vecsey replied, “Seriously? Minor in something else. This business is slipping. There may not be much future for the kind of sports column I did.” Great! That’ll keep the kids aiming for the skies!

Vecsey wasn’t done there. Since he already crapped on his profession, he decided to cast a gloomy shadow over the future of newspapers, too. When Lucey asked how optimistic he was about newspapers, Vecsey didn’t hold back.

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New York Times Veterans Take Buyouts, Memos Leaked

When George Vecsey abruptly announced that he was stepping back from his regular contributions to The New York Times, it made people wonder what was up at the paper. The New York Observer has found out: He was just one of a few veteran staffers who have taken buyouts.

For the internal tributes to the departed (which are well worth a read) click through to the Observer. Below we’ve listed who took a buyout.

  • Sam Dillon. Dillon was a National Education reporter. He had been with the Times since the early 90s.
  • Clyde Haberman. Haberman was a Metro Columnist and 34-year veteran of the Times.
  • Andrea Stevens. Stevens was an Arts Reporter. She worked for the Times for 27 years.
  • Andy Port. Port was the Executive Editor of T and a 20-year veteran of the paper.
  • Barclay Walsh. Walsh was a News Research Supervisor for the Times’ Washington Bureau. Walsh had been with the paper for 24 years.
  • Donald Parsons. Parsons was a News Design Editor. He had been with the paper since 1982.
  • Nicholas Wade. Wade was a Science reporter and a 29-year veteran of the Times.

George Vecsey Steps Back From Regular Contributions to The New York Times

George Vecsey is stepping away from his regular duties at the New York Times after 30 years. Today he wrote his final regular column for the paper, stating, “I love being a lifer at The New York Times, but a few things have convinced me that it is time to step back (not using the R-word) and write for the paper occasionally.”

In the column Vecsey recalls some of his favorite moments covering sports for the Times, and offers a glimpse into what he’ll be doing next:

I plan to do stuff with my wife, Marianne, who has seen her considerable painting talent hemmed in by my columnist obsession long enough, and I plan to sometimes emulate my spiritual cousin John Lennon and watch the wheels go round and round. I am blessed with loyal readers, and regular e-mail correspondents from around the world. Everything is good.