Topic: Classical Music Critic for Miami Herold is let go
Miami Herald releases classical music critic
“Last week it was the Kansas City Star; this week it’s the Miami Herald. When will the blood-letting stop?” asks Susan Elliott today on MusicalAmerica.com. “On Monday, Miami Herald Classical Music Critic Lawrence Johnson received an ‘involuntary buyout’ from his newspaper. Just to be clear, the word ‘buyout’ when preceded by ‘involuntary’ means laid off, in this case with eight weeks severance pay. Such is Johnson’s paper parachute. … Like the Kansas City Star, the Herald is owned by the McClatchy Company, the third-largest newspaper chain in the country. McClatchy is severely in debt from its 2006 purchase of Knight Ridder, and so is cutting ten percent of its workforce, company wide. At the Herald, it’s actually 17 percent, or 190 of its 1,400 employees. … The Herald’s executive editor reported to Johnson that the hue and cry from the classical music community, which has grown during Johnson’s watch, was ‘massive.’ ‘The response has really been heartening,’ said Johnson by phone yesterday, ‘and it makes the situation easier to deal with. There’s a lot more going on in South Florida than anyone would think. I’m going to do my best to make sure these groups continue to get coverage, even if it’s on a different platform.’ ” Johnson has started a blog to continue his coverage, classicalsouthflorida.blogspot.com.