Earlier today I posited that the latest downsizing at UBM editorial might have been a step too far and that there would be a voluntary exodus of the talent still on board.
I also suggested that people who had been laid off in January would be approached to return and that few would take the offer. I've learned today that several offers have been rebuffed, even from those that have not yet found permanent employment.
Corporations are becoming attractive locales for displaced journalists. Ron Wilson left UBM, voluntarily, several years ago to be editor in chief for Altera's content engine and before him, Mike Santarini took over the internal publication at Xilinx. Last week UBM January detritus Silvie Barack landed as content manager at Atmel where she plans to launch a site similar to Intel Free Press very soon.
What happens when all the advertisers begin to compete with EE Times, EBN, and EDN for content? When will TI, HP and AMD offer the remaining staff similar jobs and freedom?
Suddenly it starts to look like being a journalist is not the worst job in the world.