Creative writing and "guaranteed lifetime jobs" don't mix
It's akin to "guaranteed creativity"
By Walter Brooks
Sorry fellas and girls, but the real world is beckoning to you Boston Globe writers and back office folks, and you aren't paying attention.
Your employer is losing money big time. The newspaper you "work" at was worth $1.1 billion sixteen years ago when the New York Times bought it, but the owners can't find a buyer for a tenth of that today.
Two hundred Globe writers have "guaranteed lifetime jobs" and presumably were a hunk of the vote to turn down management's offer which was a requirement to avoid shutting down this news source.
What will happen to these "guaranteed lifetime jobs" when, not if, The Globe declares bankruptcy?
Do the writers actually believe that Globe readers "owe" them anything? Does my Starbuck's barista "owe" me anything other than the coffee I paid for?
It's the other way around. Journalists owe their readers a hell of a lot more news for the money you are getting paid at what Globe peers call "the velvet coffin."
When Globe columnists write twice a week rather than daily, when the rest of the Globe's writers are unwilling to knock out a couple news stories every day, then some other media will do it, and the Globe will end up in the dust bin of obsolescence.
It won't be the fault of The Boston Globe or the New York Times. It will be the fault of overcompensated, under-worked writers and office staff along with the former owners who granted these foolish indulgences.
What do these prima donas think it takes to cover a news story? It requires a native curiosity coupled with the ability to write simple declarative sentences into a story which explains who, what, when, where and why in the first paragraph.
It isn't rocket science, literally. That does require advanced education.
The number of Americans who are out of work is nearly 10 per cent and the newspaper industry is archaic at best. Unless a business shows a reasonable profit, there is no possibility that even a billionaire will buy it and be willing to absorb the $50 million a year losses at this newspaper.
Instead either the current owners, the New York Times, or anyone they sell The Globe to, will simply declare bankruptcy which will kill every union contract along with those "lifetime guaranteed jobs."
Globe's Guild members had best get their heads out of the sand, and look around at the real world.
But geniuses who turn down a 10% pay cut in favor of a 23% one, aren't wise enough to be working for The Globe anyway. As the poet Friedrich Schiller said, "Against stupidity, even the Gods struggle in vain."