Unstable work environment
Copy Editor (Former Employee) – Santa Ana, CA – November 21, 2016
I worked as a copy editor, beginning as a contract employee, then moving into a full-time position after one month.
Initially the environment was supporting and forward-looking, but after about a couple of months, the realities of the news market set in and deep staffing cuts were made. After that, a new attitude toward employees took effect: you were no longer seen as an essential part of the team but as a financial burden that could easily be cast off. At that point, people came to work more focused on trying to justify their presence in the building than on the work that was necessary to maintain a quality publication.
A few months later, in another round of (even deeper) staffing cuts, I lost my job. It was my last hurrah in the newspaper business, having already been laid off at other publications twice before.