Monday, March 16, 2009

A worthy reminder that social networking tools may be of use

From a reader:
There is a DMN alumni group on LinkedIn that might help those departing the hallowed halls of Belo find other employment.
The direct link to join can be found here.

Or you can just go to:
and search Dallas Morning News under groups.
To which I'll add: For those not familiar, LinkedIn is the professional/business equivalent of FaceBook. But it takes time to create a profile worth having. Start now.

(One other bookkeeping point: If you send me a note, let me know if it's OK to post your name. I think this contributor would not mind, but I'm assuming nothing.)

UPDATE: Bob Wasinger gave permission to give his name. He's the owner of the group.

One more thing we know: From Bob Mong's house-ad letter to readers

From Sunday March 15, on page 25 A:
"Based on your requests for more in-depth local coverage, we will assign specific teams to our communities -- including reporters who specialize in schools, government and community affairs, and investigative reporting."

That could mean a substantial redeployment of the Local news operation that will somehow happen in addition to the layoffs. Will this change of assignment affect how the layoffs will be done? Maybe editors have been told what this will look like. I'm not aware that the reporting staff has been informed.