Nearly three-quarters of former Los Angeles Times journalists feel less secure about their lives since parting the struggling Tribune Company, a recent informal survey has found. Some of the journalists also reported increased health problems, concern over long-term health insurance and heavy reliance on their spouses’ incomes.
The poll was conducted among former Los Angeles Times journalists who are members of a support message group. Seventy-five out of 124 members responded.
Despite the loss of security, several journalists were happy to escape the pressures of working for the newspaper and the constant threat of layoffs.
“I really could not have continued to have a productive work life with the job insecurity I had at the Times,” wrote a woman who left in April without a buyout but found full-time employment. “It was very hard on my family and on me to never feel secure in my job.”
“It’s odd, but despite the financial ruination and the prospect of never being able to fully retire, I’m happier than I’ve ever been,” wrote another woman who had been laid off. “Life is good, and the bitterness comes from the big financial losses and from the overall lack of appreciation by the LAT.”
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