At 4:30 p.m. on May 24, staffers at the Rocky Mountain News are slated to bid farewell to fellow workers who chose to take the paper's buyout offer -- meaning that the list of names that's been circulating for several weeks will finally be proven accurate, dubious or somewhere in between. Meanwhile, another scribe, Janet Forgrieve is splitting in favor of a new gig working for a chain of pet day-care franchises. It speaks volumes about the state of the newspaper business if such a job seems more secure than working for the Rocky.
Here's the memo about Forgrieve, which was written by managing editor Deb Goeken:
Good-bye to Janet Forgrieve
Everyone: Business writer Janet Forgrieve is leaving to become director of communications for Boulder-based Camp Bow-Wow, a rapidly growing franchisor of doggy day care centers. Janet will work with local franchisees on their public relations efforts as well as produce content for the web site and newsletter and contribute her talents to a non-profit being started by the company's owners. Janet started working at the Rocky in January 2001, moving here from Florida (you may possibly have heard her discuss her feelings about winter weather on occasion), where she had been a reporter at the Tampa Tribune for six years. She has had a non-traditional career path, spending many years in title insurance before going back to college in her 30s and earning a communications degree. Janet is a wonderful writer who has made strong contributions to the business section in her time here. We wish her well.
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Rather than waiting for the Rocky to go to the dogs, Forgrieve is speeding up the process... -- Michael Roberts