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Posts Tagged ‘The Albany Times-Union’

Journo Sings the Praises of Her Much More Talented, Musical Brother

DaveSabinaNot too long ago, ex-New York regional newspaper reporter Susannah Strumfeld decided to take a vacation of sorts. Having quit her job with Spotlight Newspapers in the summer of 2013, she headed west, where she immediately began second-guessing her decision:

I flew to California to travel with my brother Dave and his girlfriend, Sabina, for 10 straight days, the most we had spent together in years. I was skeptical to go at first. I had just quit my job and gotten out of a relationship and here I was, in sunny California, with my brother and his girlfriend – the musical troubadours who were madly in love. I thought my heartbroken self was going to die. They made incredible music together and sang into each other’s eyes and they were healthy and happy and I wanted to kill them.

But then I realized how happy their music made me. And how happy they made me. And how playing music with them was so natural. And how Sabina inspired me to travel like my gut was telling me to. And how their ridiculously complicated love story brought hope to my cynical self.

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Recessionwire Founder And Former Portfolio.com Lifestyle Editor Moves To Post

Another Portfolio vet has scored a sweet gig.

Sara Clemence, the former lifestyle editor of Portfolio.com and co-founder of Recessionwire.com, has been appointed deputy business editor at The New York Post.

According to her Recessionwire bio Clemence’s job at Portfolio.com disappeared in a round of layoffs at the magazine at the end of last year. She was moved over to Conde Nast publication, shelter magazine Domino, which folded the same day. Clemence then went on to found Recessionwire with another former Portfolio.com staffer Laura Rich and freelance writer Lynn Parramore.

Clemence formerly worked for Forbes.com, The Albany Times Union and The Anniston Star. After working for the past few years in online media, it will be interesting to see what changes Clemence will bring to bear at New York’s News Corp.-owned tabloid paper.

Related: Former Portfolio.com Staffer Lands TV Gig

Albany Times-Union Lays Off 18 Despite Union Protests

times-union.pngOur colleagues over at MediaJobsDaily have been covering an ongoing employment saga at The Albany Times-Union.

The paper announced today that it had laid off “15 full-time and three part-time employees, including 11 full-time employees in the newsroom.” Among those who were let go: Monica Bartoszek, a senior editor and the newspaper’s reader representative; outdoors columnist Alan Wechsler; sports editor Bill Callen; and Marlene Kennedy, business editor and a weekly columnist, the paper said.

However, the paper’s union, the Albany Newspaper Guild — which covers nine of the fired staffers — has claimed that the company must enter a 45-day negotiation period before any layoffs can take place, MediaJobsDaily reports. In response the paper’s owner, Hearst Corp., has said that the employees weren’t exactly fired, just put on 45-day paid leave, after which they will most likely lose their jobs — which is in keeping with union requirements of a “negotiation period” before any layoffs can take place.

“Reductions in staff are never pleasant,” publisher George R. Hearst III told the paper yesterday. “Many of the employees have served with distinction, and our very best wishes are with them as they continue with their professional and personal lives.”