A tag cloud of Media of Birmingham news headlines in 2009
Birmingham’s mainstream media professionals had a brutal 2009. Whether at newspapers, magazines or TV or radio stations, the news was overwhelmingly negative.
Nearly two dozen of our stories posted on Media of Birmingham regurgitated the alarming trends: cuts, layoffs, freezes, buyouts, slumps and terminations. Three magazines — Lipstick, Skirt and Southern Accents — folded in the past 12 months.
At least 100 people at these organizations lost their jobs. Even more frightening are the jobs that disappeared without a whisper, either by news outlets or this site. Who knows how bad it really is?
And that is the odd state of media in Birmingham in 2009. Sometimes, a blog for a professional networking group, or a whisper on Twitter or Facebook, is the only indication that a company is about to implode.
For those continuing to look for work within their current field, we can only wish you the best of luck. And for those working on Plan B for their careers, we offer our encouragement and our ideas.
Not all of you will stay in media, whether it’s advertising, marketing, journalism or whatever. The jobs are going away, and many are not coming back.
That doesn’t mean creative, smart professionals can’t carve out a new career. But it will take luck, talent and hard work, the tripod of success. Career transformation can be done, and it’s happening every day in Birmingham.
Media of Birmingham will continue to bring the news and information that matters to our audience, whether on this site or in our monthly events. We serve you, the city’s professional media community.
And we ask that you pitch in. Your ideas, your energy and your willingness to help keep this group thriving, even in a challenging year like this one.
The headlines may continue to be negative for some time. Only you can rewrite your own story.
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Media of Birmingham headlines from 2009
The bad news …
- ABC 33/40, NBC 13 cut jobs
- Lipstick magazine folds – exclusive report
- Fox 6 lays off 10 employees
- Birmingham News cuts costs with 2-week unpaid leave, benefits freeze
- EXCLUSIVE: NBC 13 cuts another 11 positions
- EXCLUSIVE: Birmingham News cuts salaries through 2010, eliminates most part-time positions
- EXCLUSIVE: Southern Living lays off editorial staffers
- Media General pulls plug on Skirt Birmingham
- EXCLUSIVE: Magazine ad sales: Southern Progress loses 16.9 percent
- EXCLUSIVE: One-third of Birmingham magazine staff exits during Chamber merger
- EXCLUSIVE: Fox 6 has another round of layoffs, drops Saturday 5 p.m. newscast
- CBS 42 owner files for bankruptcy
- EXCLUSIVE: Birmingham News could face layoffs by February
- Southern Accents shuts down
- Southern Progress: 41.4 percent staff reduction in 11 months
- EXCLUSIVE: Birmingham News drops 10.8 percent in weekday print circulation
- ‘Biggest mass firing’ in 2009 coming to Southern Progress, Time Inc.
- EXCLUSIVE: Dozens laid off this morning at Southern Progress
- In Mobile, Twitter + TV + billboard = suspension
- EXCLUSIVE: Birmingham News offers buyouts to employees across the board
- EXCLUSIVE: Bright House Networks ending public access channel
- Citadel prepares to file for bankruptcy
The not-so-bad news …
- Next career: public relations
- Magazine ad sales: Southern Progress slumps, Hoffman gains
- Freelancers unite for Vulcan Media Team
- Hoffman Media launches ‘Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade’ magazine
- Green Eyeshade Awards: 17 finalists in Alabama
- AltWeekly Awards Finalists include Birmingham Weekly writer Kyle Whitmire
- How a UAB student blogger scooped Birmingham mainstream media
- Awards roundup: Birmingham Weekly, Lipstick, WBHM
- EXCLUSIVE: Birmingham magazine hires Thicket’s editor-in-chief, advertising director
- SPJ Alabama Pro chapter update
- Southern Living at Home sold to Wisconsin-based Entertaining at Home
- Personnel changes at the Birmingham News
- More changes at the top for the Birmingham News
- The new look of Cooking Light and Southern Living
- Joe O’Donnell to launch B-Metro magazine
- CBS 42 owner clears bankruptcy
- Southern Living travel bloggers win bronze award
- Do Birmingham publications suffer from a lack of diversity?
- Birmingham reporters cover Langford trial with Twitter
- Scout Branding wins Peak Award
- My Scoop expands into Mississippi
- Commercial to feature former ABC 33/40 reporter Chris Osborne
- EXCLUSIVE – Magazine roundup: Portico, Shelby Living, Thicket
- EXCLUSIVE: 4Love Magazine to launch in September
- EXCLUSIVE: Editor-in-chief Ken Booth leaves AL.com
- In case you were wondering …
- SPJ Alabama selects Dennis Pillion as chapter president
- Addy award submissions due Jan. 6
- UAB professor Minabere Ibelema wins Sigma Delta Chi Award from SPJ
- Birmingham Works magazine celebrates 1-year anniversary
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