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Charlie Rose Gives His Laid-Off Employees an On-Air Salute

I was all set to try to lighten the mood today with some good news: A small town newspaper owner who had a job opening for a reporter, at a decent wage.

Alas, the owner has asked me not to publish the salary he was offering, so I’m not going to act as his headhunter. Though I will say that he says he’s really looking for someone to buy his paper, and that “I always tell people that journalism is a dead-end job unless you own your own newspaper.” So this may not have been the job for you, anyway.

Instead, we’re back to layoffs. I hesitate to say that we’re done with layoffs for the year because the last time I did that, I got feedback from freshly fired readers who said I was premature. But even if we are done canning media workers in 2008, we are most assuredly going to be at it again in January.

With that in mind, here’s one way to send off your employees. Here’s southern gentleman Charlie Rose’s broadcast from last week:

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald