'SF Chron' Launches Job Blog For Departing Staffers

By: Joe Strupp The blockbuster announcement in late-May that the San Francisco Chronicle plans to cut one-fourth of its newsroom staff has prompted a group of current and former Chronicle staffers, led by Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein, to launch a blog aimed at circulating new job openings elsewhere.

At Chronicle Colleagues, the site appears to be a listing of job sources for the 100 or so Chronicle workers expected to be cut loose through upcoming buyouts and possible layoffs. The paper has about 400 editorial employees.

"Losing your job can be devastating. But we, your former colleagues at The Chronicle, hope to make it a little less devastating," a posting on the site by "Colleagues Who Care" stated. "The goal of this blog is to share information that will help your transition. For those who lost their job, you might want to provide your contact info so we can reach you (either by posting a comment or sending us an e-mail). This also could be the place for you to ask for help, be it on a personal or professional level. For those still at The Chronicle, maybe there's something you want to offer, be it job leads, career resources, or simply a friendly voice."

The blog also warns angry current or ex-employees to leave their critical comments off the site, noting "...the tone of this blog...is to support one another. No doubt there are plenty of people who are angry about this situation -- we ask that you choose another venue to express those feelings. Thanks in advance."

Launched Monday, the site has already posted dozens of job listings and links to media job sites.


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