A Newsroom Sent Home And a former Reporter Looks for Plan B

Scary times. Unemployment numbers came out Thursday and one of  the industries highlighted was broadcasting. 5.5% unemployment.

And the places where many broadcasters would normally go once they left the business aren’t doing much better. Publishing- 7.8% unemployment. Professional and business services  10.4% unemployment.

Yesterday the Columbia School of Broadcasting shuttered all of it’s campuses. One student was interviewed on television last night, crying. “I just got an apartment here…like 5 minutes ago. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t have a plan B”

Emmy winning reporter Mark Joyella left the news business this week from WPLG in Miami. According to a post on his blog, his agent tells him

there isn’t any work, and there is a phenomenal amount of talent sitting on the sidelines ready to jump at anything that opens up.

more later

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