The last week and a half have been some of the grimmest and most depressing that I can remember in recent newspaper history. As Colin Mulvany wrote at the top of a recent post:

Black Monday seems to be striking American newspapers on a daily basis.

Layoff announcement followed layoff announcement: more than a thousand announced in the space of a handful of days. Doug Fisher suggested:

Perhaps this last full week of June 2008 just past will be looked back on as the week the final death throes of the newspaper industry began.

Graphicdesignr’s Paper Cuts Google map of newspaper layoffs shows this year’s total at 5,991 journalists so far.

I feel for everyone of those journalists — and other media workers — who has lost his or her job. Not even the cushion of a buyout can be much comfort given the wrenching change the industry is going through.

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