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Daily Star axes 52 in newsroom, marketing, advertising

Updated with names: In what one now-former employee called "a major bloodletting," the Arizona Daily Star has laid off 52 people, firing nearly its entire marketing department Thursday. As many as 15 newsroom employees and many from other departments were also let go.... Read more»

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Jul 21, 2011, 11:22 am
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All of these idiotic corporations that paid too much for businesses just to have to make money to pay off debt instead of RUNNING THE BUSINESS THEY BOUGHT.  Biggest Ponzi scheme ever..and it’s not over yet….

Jul 21, 2011, 5:57 pm
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That is a bit harsh posting their names.  If you have ever lost a job, you don’t exactly want to advertise it right away.  Stay classy Tucson Sentinel.

Jul 21, 2011, 8:25 pm
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It’s sad to see people lose their jobs, easy to blame employees for not performing, but how on earth can one in marketing or advertising possibly sell and get advertisers interested in supporting a newspaper focused on presenting an obviously biased agenda while excluding much else of importance going on in the world?

Tough to sell snake oil concoctions when real facts are found by merely plugging a few words into a search engine, assuming of course, that readers actually want to know what they are.

Jul 21, 2011, 9:15 pm
-3 +1

It is sad people are losing their jobs!
I understand LEE is the factor here however, the paper was not an objective news source. Pro MAS always.
Never both sides and biased. Always PC to a fault.
The main editor, Friz and Neto, survived I guess.
<sarcasm> Boy that will really change things </sarcasm>

To all the ones released, my best wishes.

Jul 21, 2011, 9:37 pm
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Tommy A opined:

That is a bit harsh posting their names.  If you have ever lost a job, you don’t exactly want to advertise it right away.  Stay classy Tucson Sentinel.

We posted the names of those who sources have told us were laid off because it’s unlikely that Lee or the Star will ever acknowledge the contribution these journalists and other hard workers have made in their careers.

Some of the folks who were fired today spent their entire careers working down on South Park. They deserve recognition, not anonymity.

Note that we didn’t post any names until just before 4 p.m., giving people an opportunity to tell their friends and family before they could read about it online.

And, given the fact that we can’t get official confirmation of those affected, a few mistakes were made in the list. We’re providing the most up-to-date info we have on those who were let go.

To all: we’d truly like to recognize everybody who was affected by today’s cut. Please help us add to the list, and ensure that’s it’s complete and correct.

Jul 21, 2011, 9:37 pm
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Tommy A: Speaking as someone who saw these things happening at the Citizen (and got fired in the final days), when you work at a newspaper, the shame is that the newspaper is keeping quiet, not in having a colleague like Dylan (who saw the same things I did and was there to the bitter end) release the names. These people have nothing to be ashamed about being laid off.

Jul 22, 2011, 12:31 am
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Add Mike Ribbeck, Lupita Espiru, Maria Cota and Richard Tullar to the blood letting. Thanks for the good wishes.

Jul 22, 2011, 11:20 am
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Thank you so much for listing the names. How else can we thank them?  From my own experience, when you lose a job, it’s hardly a problem that sympathetic people know it.

Jul 22, 2011, 1:27 pm
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I guess it would have nice to give them the choice.
Trust me I am very sympathetic.

Jul 22, 2011, 4:51 pm
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The list is probably not finished, but Martha Nunez, Riki Navarro, Antonio Howard and Fabian Ramirez were also termed after years of dedicated service. Losing 10 production employees from an already bare bones workforce, leaves the remaining production workers in an overwhelming situation. God help them if the paper gets out late.

Jul 24, 2011, 7:00 pm
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The people that went to work Saturday night to produce the Sunday Star walked into a morgue. There is no life left in the Production Department. The powers that be, who cut the heart out of production, advertising and marketing have no idea what they have done. The damage is now irreparable. Mr Humenik’s confident leadership team that has positioned themselves for a bright future is totally in the dark. My thoughts remain with the few souls that will try to keep the lights on. It’s so sad to hear my good friends cry.

Jul 24, 2011, 9:19 pm
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I know it doesn’t seem like it at the moment, but good things can come of leaving a bad situation.

My hat’s off to everyone who poured themselves into their work down on South Park. I had a lot of respect for so many TNI folks when I worked for the Citizen.

It’s terrible that the endless poor choices of a media conglomerate means there are now more people who’ll be filing for unemployment. But people with talent and dedication will surely continue to be valued in this world, just as the foolish and rapacious will earn their reward.

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