I mentioned in a post last week that The Argus had just four reporters, down from 11 in 2000. I spoke too soon. Our company made 29 editorial employees walk the plank Wednesday including our best feature writer and third-best poker player, Todd R. Brown.
Todd covered Newark, Ohlone, ethnic communities and pirate stores. Now, I guess, he’ll wander the streets of Fremont looking for decent salmagundi.
You’ve probably read recently that the newspaper business seems to be in Davy’s grip. Revenue is down, circulation is down, newsprint is up, and our parent company has some debt issues.
The lubbers are supposed to meet next week at corporate headquarters and figure out what this will mean for the three of us still here. For now, though, I am your Fremont, Newark and (shiver me timbers) Union City reporter.
Fair Winds, Todd. Fair Winds.