Archive for November 12th, 2011

Trouble in Paradise Updated

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Yes kids, it’s bad, bad news for CNN:

Breaking: Layoff notices are being handed out across CNN/U.S. today. Photographers, editors and other staffers in Atlanta, New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles and Miami are being let go. In all, at least 50 positions are being eliminated. As many as 12 staffers in the Washington, DC bureau alone, four of whom are longtime photojournalists.

They are laying off 50 positions, but expect to be back to the same level of employment by this time next year. What does that tell you? Sounds like a little housecleaning, right? Let’s examine the e-mail, shall we?

From: Womack, Jack
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2011 3:59 PM
To: *CNN ALL Cities ImageSound (TBS); *CNN ALL Cities Tech Ops
Subject: NOTE TO STAFF

I tell ya, nothing screams “condescending A-hole” like an e-mail notification of your termination in a “NOTE TO STAFF”.  I hope all you STAFF out there notice the significance of the time of this e-mail- One minute before this Womack jerk goes home. But let’s get to the body of the e-mail, shall we, STAFF?

For the past three years, we have been analyzing our work process across Image + Sound, both in the field and in our editing and production areas.

TRANSLATION:

We’ve been taking a beating since Obama got in there and MANAGEMENT made a BIG mistake supporting him. So you peons have to pay.

Our goal has been to make sure we have the right resources in the right places to meet the demands of all of our programs.

TRANSLATION:

Obviously that goal wasn’t achieved.

Technology investments in our newsrooms now allow more desk-top editing and publishing for broadcast and online.

TRANSLATION:

We’ve decided that photoshop™ is cheaper than STAFF.

This evolution allows more people in more places to edit and publish than ever before. As a result of these technology and workflow changes, CNN is reducing the number of media editors in our work force in Atlanta. CNN Image + Sound will continue with high end craft editing that has positive impact on our networks and platforms.

TRANSLATION:

We can use photos from social sites, we don’t need editors. We all know how well that can turn out.

We also spent a great deal of time analyzing how we utilize and deploy photojournalists across all of our locations in the U.S. We looked at the evolution of daytime and evening line-ups.

TRANSLATION:

We were studying the lint in our navels.

We analyzed how stories are assigned and more importantly the ratio of stories assigned that actually make it on to our networks or platforms. We know that we have to sharpen our focus on stories assigned to ensure that this great work gets on air.

TRANSLATION:

Management breaks its behind to send all you morons out there to photograph the story and the morons in the studio, just seem to roll the same film over and over.

We looked at production demands, down time, and international deployments. We looked at the impact of user-generated content and social media, CNN iReporters and of course our affiliate contributions in breaking news.

TRANSLATION:

We can get pictures of the story off the net. By play them in a loop, we achieve the same thing as STAFF.

Consumer and pro-sumer technologies are simpler and more accessible. Small cameras are now high broadcast quality. More of this technology is in the hands of more people. After completing this analysis, CNN determined that some photojournalists will be departing the company.

TRANSLATION:

See that -part about “ConSumer and pro-sumer”? That’s code for we can pick and choose from the multitude of pictures off the net and just pick the ones that agree with our narrative.

We cannot begin to thank these individuals enough for their service to CNN. They leave with our respect and our sincere best wishes.

TRANSLATION:

You’ll get your 99 weeks of unemployment. Maybe #OWS is hiring.

Now that we have completed this three-year review, we believe that we have the right resources in the right places and the proper staffing at Image + Sound, and that the unit is well-positioned to have an even more positive impact on our networks and platforms.

TRANSLATION:

Yeah, it took us three years to figure out this Obama economy sucks, but we will be in a better position once this dufuss gets the boot and we had to trim some dead-weight anyway. Ted Turner still has to come up with his $10 billion dollar pledge to the United Nations.

Jack

I really need to talk to Geek-ster about a business plan I have.

Washington (CNN) – A new national survey of Republicans indicates that it’s basically all tied up between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, with Gingrich on the rise and businessman Herman Cain falling due to the sexual harassment allegations he’s been facing the past two weeks.

According to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday, 24% of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say Romney is their most likely choice for their party’s presidential nominee with Gingrich at 22%. Romney’s two-point advantage is well within the survey’s sampling error.

Makes one wonder if they knew about this on Friday when they fired all those leftists  photographers.