That's the feeling I get when I read that media giant Gannett Co. was forced to make "quick and drastic" budget cuts that left three interns without summer jobs at a
"I would not have done this if I had any other choice," [Wanda] Lloyd, editor of the Montgomery Advertiser, told Richard Prince's Journal-isms.
According to Prince, the decision came after the Black College Wire interns had already made preparations to go to Alabama, including taking urine tests. Lloyd said that after a recent meeting of Gannett publishers, she was told by her publisher, Scott Brown, that the newspaper would be asked to take a look at possible cuts for the rest of 2007. (She was on vacation last week attending a high-school reunion.)
Can you believe this? No choice. And then she takes a week off of work! Why don't you give the interns your week's pay?
"The money for the three interns was not in the budget," Lloyd said. In order to meet new budget targets, she said, she might have had to cut a full-time staff member. "I had to make that decision very quickly," she said. "I just didn't see any other way."