Swine flu strikes the downsized newsroom - LA Observed: "Editor-in-Chief: (Staring at CNN coverage of Swine Flu outbreak) We need something good and local on this swine flu thing. Get someone at the university to explain how this god damned thing jumped from pigs to people, how are they tracking it, what the hell does it all mean? Get that guy who did that piece on the flu vaccine shortage a couple years ago, remember that sidebar he did on the 1918 flu? That was great.
City editor: Koprowski?
Editor-in-chief: Yeah, Koprowski!
City Editor: Corporate laid him off. Health care reporter. Non vital."
This is just apocryphal but you can be sure a conversation very much like this actually happened in a newsroom somewhere. Read the rest.