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Adrian Dater Flames ESPN

There is a limit to freedom of speech for this hockey scribe.


As the dust settles: Elsewhere at the Post, staffers are trying to figure out how their jobs will change in the wake of belt-tightening, buyouts and position cuts — and they may not know definitively for some time to come. Editor Greg Moore isn't sure when newsroom reorganization will be completed, and he remains uncertain about how large a role assorted freelancers will play at the paper moving forward. And while he feels the Post has tried to be "as transparent as possible" throughout the process, he hasn't run play-by-play pieces informing readers about who's going, who's staying and why.

"I don't see a lot of newspapers writing about that, and I don't think Qwest publicized the names of the 12,000 people that left the company during [Richard] Notebaert's tenure," he allows. But after conceding that some of those leaving, such as longtimer Dick Kreck, qualify as public figures, he says, "I'm not infallible. I could be making a mistake on that."

Whatever the case, the most prominent buyout- and layoff-related offerings to appear in the broadsheet in the immediate aftermath of recent developments were columnist Jim Spencer's June 15 goodbye, which didn't mention anyone else other than him, and a June 17 Woody Paige offering that spent as much space bidding farewell to already-gone Rocky personnel as it did honoring some, but not all, of his departing colleagues at the Post. As for Jenny Deam, she wasn't even name-checked in Moore's June 19 memo to employees about the last of the "involuntary separations." Deam, the wife of first-rate Post reporter David Olinger, had no union protection because she wasn't officially a full-timer — but she was mighty close. "I made the decision seven years ago to work 32 hours rather than forty because at the time I had a five-month-old, a toddler, a pre-schooler and a husband who worked long hours at the paper," she reveals in an e-mail. "It seemed like the only sane thing to do to both be able to do good work but still preserve our family. I love what I do, but I love my family more. Even though I lost my job, I would make the same decision tomorrow."

Full-time employees received severance. In contrast, Deam was told that she would be paid through June 30, "and I could either come into work or not." Guess which option she picked.

The travel budget was high on the list of non-human resources trimmed, despite the fact that Moore couldn't find any recent examples of egregiously wasteful trips, and "peer lunches" that found the Post sometimes picking up the tab for colleagues lunching together are headed for extinction. However, Moore resisted the urge to totally drain dining critic Tucker Shaw's reviewing funds. Numerous papers around the country are taking this tack due to the cost of buying lots of often-pricey meals at posh restaurants, but Moore believes such coverage is "a very, very important part of the Denver Post.

"I think most of the newspapers are trying to cut in judicious ways that still preserve ambition and the watchdog function we all value with a free press," he goes on. "These are really difficult times, but I like where we're sitting for the moment. I've done this the best way I know how, with a lot of counsel from a lot of people — and I'm still optimistic."

Thank goodness someone is.

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