CityPages got around to updating their staff directory on Friday night. Was it black Friday at CityPages, or did they simply get around to updating their outdated roster?
Some of the names removed have been gone from the paper for quite some time such as cheap eats food writer Jim Norton who was shown the door at the end of 2008.
Here are the people and former titles of those who are now gone from the roster:
Advertising Account Executive: Kattie Swartz
Web Intern: Michelle Leon
Classified Account Executive: Amanda Almich
Classified Account Executive: Jorge Raasch
Classified Account Executive: Teace Sothiphahnak
Classified Coordinator: Tracie Garcia
Staff Writer: Jonathan Kaminsky
Staff Writer: Quinton Skinner
Staff Writer: Beth Walton
Assistant A-List Editor: Ben Palosaari
Listings Coordinator: Nate Patrin
Contributing Writer: James Norton
Front Desk Coordinator: Sandra Fuchs
Production / Information Systems
Assistant Production Manager: Dana Graham
Looks like they’re down 14 since the last time they updated their roster. Additionally, Paul Schmelzer reported earlier this week at the Minnesota Independent that CityPages has also made cuts to their freelance music and food blogging budgets.
The classifieds department appears to have felt the most pain, with its staff dwindling to half it’s former size. Is Craigslist to blame?
Strangely, some active writers are missing from the staff page, such as Emily Kaiser, Judd Spicer, a Erin Carlyle, who all published to the Blotter as recently as yesterday. However, they weren’t in the directory before the roster shake-up either, so it’s not clear to me why their roles aren’t recognized by the paper. They publish under their own names but aren’t staff or contributing writers?