Over sixty news writers and staff lost their jobs at the Baltimore Sun during massive cutbacks in 2009. Thanks to an anonymous grant to the Writers Guild Initiative (then called the Writers Guild of America East, Foundation), their experiences can now be shared – “Telling Our Stories: The Days of the Baltimore Sun” website (http://:www.daysofthebaltimoresun.com/).
The fellowship assembled work of reporters, editors, critics, copy editors, photographers, designers, advertizing people and market researchers. Former Sun employees designed the website and edited all submissions, much of it the result of mentoring sessions with Initiative members and supporters Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, David Simon, Michael Winship (President of the Writers Guild of America), Julie Martin, David Bianculli and Marsha Manns.
“The Baltimore Sun fellowship embodies our mission – to perpetuate the art and craft of storytelling. By publishing their personal stories on this site, the fellows’ voices can now be heard loud and clear by people not only in Baltimore but around the world. As writers we understand the power of words. We’re happy that this program and new website are helping these fellows harness the power of words to get through this difficult time,” said Tom Fontana, first president of the Writers Guild Initiative.
“I think the important thing about this site is that it puts real people behind the numbers. It will let readers in Baltimore know what they’ve lost,” said Steve Auerweck, a 24-year Sun employee who first worked as an editor on the businesss desk, and thenb as manager of newsroom technology.
Participating Baltimore Sun fellows include: Steve Auerweck, Paul Bendel-Simso, Chiquita Bolden-Heath, Danielle Bradley, Phyllis Brill, Tyeesha Dixon, Doug Donovan, Deborah Lakowicz-Dramby, Ray Frager, Patrick Gutierrez, Beth Hughes, Fe Fung Hung, Doug Kapustin, Chiaki Kawajiri, Jiho Kim, Fay Lande, Linda L. Linley, Monica Lopossay, Elizabeth Malby, John E. McIntyre, Sandra Nash, Rashod D. Ollison, Ebony Page-Harvey, Alan Perry, Gene Russell, Denise Sanders, Norine Schiller, Franz Schneiderman, Matt Tustison, Charles H. Weiss, Linda White, and Teresa Wilson.