Reporter Regina Medina was among 46 journalists laid off by the Philadelphia Media Network. The round of cuts hit The Daily News, Philly.com and The Inquirer after parent company Media Network announced it would merge the three properties into one newsroom to save $5 million to $6 million companywide.
“I don’t know what I’ll do next, but I envision a future with a pile of 990 Forms to dig through, a backlog of FOIA requests to read for hours and an endless supply of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee nearby. If that can’t happen, I hope to land a job where I can use investigative skills for an entity. I guess, at this point in the 12-step grieving process, I’m also open to anything,” says Regina, who had been at the Daily News for over 16 years.
“Former and current colleagues have been extremely helpful to me by sending or texting or calling me with job tips. Of course they are sending positive thoughts, prayers, lovely notes and virtual hugs as well. And almost everyone feels I’ll be alright and that is a very powerful sentiment to hear. I think I’ll land on my feet. Stay tuned.”
Prior to her time at the Daily News, Regina worked 4 years as a reporter at The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY. Before that, she was a reporter for The Akron Beacon Journal.
Dinah Brin says
This is a loss to journalism and readers in Philadelphia and beyond. Regina’s a great reporter and yes, she will land on her feet!
Gloria Hoffner says
I was laid off in 2007 along with 107 other reporters at the Inquirer. It was my 20th year at the paper. It was a shock and it hurt. It also opened a new career! Since leaving the paper I started my own business Guitar with Gloria & Science for Seniors, won two national awards, had a book published with a second one under contract, write two national monthly columns, and speak at local state national and international health conventions!!
I started over at age 50 – last year I won a victorious woman award and this month I speak in NJ (below) and Portland, Oregon!!
I know it is hard but I am writing to tell M and everyone laid off you will be ok!!! Contact me if you need any help!! Trust me – this low point is not the end but a great new beginning!!!