Denver Post ex-columnist Chuck Murphy leaving paper for job with nonprofit
Another high-profile staffer is leaving the Denver Post: On November 10, Chuck Murphy, who served briefly as a metro columnist for the paper before taking on a different position amid a series of cost-cutting moves, is leaving the paper to work for an unnamed nonprofit.
But Murphy maintains that his departure isn't a reaction to the continuing tough times in the journalism industry.
Back in March, as we've reported, the Post laid off metro columnist Mike Littwin and business scribe Penny Parker and transferred columnist Murphy into a behind-the-scenes social-media-editor role after eliminating his columnist position. Sources tell us the latter change was made because the Post's contract with the Denver Newspaper Guild would have required the paper to give Littwin Murphy's old gig if it had continued to exist.
These maneuvers left Tina Griego as the paper's only metro columnist. But then, in mid-May, Griego announced she was leaving the Post to relocate with her family to Virginia. The Post couldn't simply give Murphy her job, however, because Littwin and Parker had more seniority in the position. As such, the Post either had to rehire one of them or go without a columnist, as laid out in this contract clause:
Employees who are dismissed to reduce the force and employees who have elected to bump into another job title will be placed on a rehiring list, based on seniority, and will be rehired on a seniority basis in the old job title if and when a vacancy occurs.
The latest? Murphy confirms via e-mail that his last day at the Post will be November 10. "I'll be going to work for a local not-for-profit (insert your own joke about the financial state of the newspaper industry here)," he writes.
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