A Jersey Girl, I grew up with the Jersey Journal as my hometown newspaper and the Star-Ledger as what was the Big Time. At Sacred Heart grade school the Star-Ledger sponsored a fundraiser. We students sold subscriptions to the newspaper so that the school could earn money. I sold the most in the seventh grade.
My plan was to write either for the Jersey Journal or the Star-Ledger. But life took me into corporate executive communications. Now there is no shot at going home again to that dream. The Star-Ledger is cutting 25% of its newsroom. That means 40 of the 156 in that newsroom lose jobs. Here is the coverage of the layoff from Jersey.com.
Everyone who got their start in Jersey or who still lives in Jersey feels that loss. We also feel for the men and women who are now jobless. There is a glut of writers. It's a tough marketplace to find work. My prayers are with them.