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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Things Are Tough All Over

posted by on April 24 at 16:38 PM

Originally posted yesterday. Moved it up because the fundraiser/cocktails thing for laid off Seattle Times employees is tonight. Look for me there—I’ll be on the patio doing bong hits with Mike Carter.

The Seattle Times is having to lay off a bunch of folks—a lot of newspapers out there are facing hard times. We’ve had our beefs with the Seattle Times, of course, just as they’ve had their beefs with us. The mutual beefery will no doubt continue. But no one at the Stranger is delighted to see so many writers and editors lose their jobs. That’s why I’m passing along this email from Seattle Times writer and blogger David Postman (with his blessing) about a fundraiser he’s hosting to help out newly laid-off Seattle Times employees…

We’re losing some great people, particularly among the young crowd. I’m trying to raise some money for the newspaper guild’s fund that helps laid off workers…. I figure it’s a worthy cause for both Times haters and supporters because it goes to the people who write the paper, and not the big names we all know. There are two former Times Olympia interns among the laid off workers, and a few people who put in 15 years each or so in the suburban bureaus. But because they are in a bureau and not downtown they have no seniority.

So we’re having a little fundraiser [tonight] night at Paddy Coyne’s near the Times. Any and all Stranger folks will be warmly welcomed.

The fundraiser is tonight from 6 to 9 PM at Paddy Coyne’s Pub (1190 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98109). It’s $20 at the door. Appetizers will provided.

Full text of the invite after the jump.

for Guild Membership Assistance Fund
Sponsored by CWA/Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild

Please join us to say goodbye to employees who will be laid-off from The Seattle Times and help raise money to support our Membership Assistance Fund.

6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

Paddy Coyne’s Pub

1190 Thomas Street

Seattle, WA 98109

All are welcome! In keeping with the cause, we ask that each attendee donate a minimum $20.00 @ the door. 100% of admission/donations will go toward the Membership Assistance Fund!

Great Food! We’ll provide delicious pub appetizers.

Please R.S.V.P so that we can be sure to have enough food.
206-328-1190 Guild office

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Thanks for posting this Dan, I'm going to pass it along to my members.

Posted by COMTE | April 23, 2008 4:03 PM

Too bad it's the same night as the Washington Bus event at Moe's.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 23, 2008 4:09 PM

Less staffers means less managers, right?


Posted by Wondering | April 23, 2008 6:11 PM

@3 There are now more managers in some newsroom departments than there are actual "workers." I feel bad for the people who were laid off involuntarily and I plan to help them tomorrow night. Expect that paper to get a lot worse. It's a petri dish of bad ideas, starting with WHO in their right mind buys three little Maine newspapers in 1998 for sentimental sake?

Posted by CQTK | April 23, 2008 6:54 PM

Who is going to hold a fundraiser for us when we get laid off or no longer have a place to live?

Posted by Andrew | April 24, 2008 8:14 AM

I almost wish I could go because I'm envisioning a scene between the Stranger writers and the Seattle Times writers similar to the one in Anchorman with the competing television stations.

Seriously, Dan it's nice of you guys to support them.

Posted by PopTart | April 24, 2008 5:02 PM

On Friday, April 25, 10% of the revenue from all of the advertisers on the last four pages of The Stranger will go to displaced Seattle Times reporters.

The event will be called Whore Out for the Times

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 24, 2008 5:22 PM

Bong hits with Mike Carter? hmmm. Now, if you were doing bong hits with Danny Westneat, I'd be there.

Posted by Brad | April 24, 2008 5:28 PM

@8 - word.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 24, 2008 5:29 PM

wow, only clinton on the ballot? they should either vote again or not count..

did i mention hillary campaigned there even though she agreed it was against the rules?

Posted by sepiolida | April 24, 2008 6:04 PM

It was a Guild event, for the Membership Assistance Fund. It wasn't Postman's event. In answer to Comment No. 5 -- nobody will, if you're not in a union. Duh.

Posted by not exactly | April 24, 2008 7:50 PM

@11, yes exactly, it was a Guild event. I don't think anyone said it was my event. Not at all. I was just trying to get some publicity for it.

And Dan, thanks so much for showing up. It was great to see you and Tim Keck there.

The Weekly was represented by Rick Anderson, there were some community folks there, too.

Posted by Postman | April 25, 2008 9:42 AM

I need to read more carefully. I see that Dan did say I was "hosting" this event. I was not, and did not. I did not organize it and I apologize for any misunderstanding that took away from the hard work done by Liz Brown and the staff at the Newspaper Guild. I was trying to raise some money from outside the Times and outside the Guild and that's why I reached out to Dan and others and invited them to the fundraiser.

Posted by Postman | April 25, 2008 11:53 AM

I didn't go because David Postman was going.

Posted by HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH fuck you | April 25, 2008 12:33 PM

Postman crossed.

Posted by remember the Crossers | April 25, 2008 8:52 PM

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