Come Out Of The Shadows, Sun Employees, And Speak Your Minds

While reporting on the recent cuts at the non-unionized Calgary Sun, John Cosway of The Toronto Sun Family Blog had this to say at the end of one such piece entitled Sun Deja Vu (which you can read in its entirety by clicking here.):
“It is really quite amazing how most of the Sun staffers who have resigned, or have been turfed since Quebecor bought Sun Media in 1999, have opted to remain mute about their experiences.

The rise and fall of the Toronto Sun and its sister tabloids is a major Canadian media story, but incredulously most of the people with stories to tell are failing to communicate. That is a peculiar trait to be saddled with in the communications business.

Their silence is deafening.”

For the most part, this is sadly accurate.  I know of one professional journalist who is having a hell of a time trying to get on-the-record comments from Sun employees for a column that’s been in the works since late last year.  Whether this planned piece this particular writer is researching will ever surface remains a real mystery.  Too many pairs of lips are firmly fastened.
Another one I know has been trying in vain to investigate some of the lesser-publicized firings from Quebecor’s community properties.  Again, no one has been willing to shed any light on the subject and, as a result, readers are continually kept in the dark.
Thankfully, there have been exceptions.  This website has been fortunate when it comes to hearing from professional Sun writers.  Bill Brioux wrote a lovely email that gave readers tremendous insight into how bad the work atmosphere has deteriorated in The Toronto Sun newsroom.  His remarks were published in their entirety in a piece called Bill Brioux Responds, which remains the single most accessed entry on here.  It inspired a passionate rebuttal from Jim Slotek, whose angry comments, curiously, haven’t been seen by as many pairs of eyeballs.
Lydia Lovric, formerly of The Winnipeg Sun, is the only other writer I’ve heard from.  (To read her views, click here and scroll down to paragraph 14 of the middle section, which is the Sun Media Update portion of the piece.)
I’ve been thinking about it and I’ve decided to make an open proposal to current and former employees of Sun Media.  This website wants to hear your views on what’s going on behind the scenes.  I will offer you complete anonymity if you are worried about having your name attached to strong criticism.  If you are one of the few brave employees willing to sign your name to your own views, that would be even better.  You can send your comments to, or you can simply leave a comment directly on this website.  In fact, if you want to go that route (anonymous or on-the-record), please add your comments to this particular entry.
When you send an email, please indicate if you wish to have them published with your name intact or anonymously.  That will save time asking for permission in order to avoid any kind of messy situations.  It’s not legally necessary to get the go-ahead from an emailer to publish comments with a name attached to it, but it is a courtesy I want to extend to those who are willing to speak out.
So, come out of the shadows, Sun employees, and speak your minds.  What do you have to lose?
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Friday, March 23, 2007
5:07 p.m.
UPDATE:  Toronto Star Media Critic Antonia Zerbisias left an interesting comment on The Toronto Sun Family Blog.  Like this website, she wants Sun Media employees to come forward and speak out about the deplorable state of the tabloid newspaper chain.  You can reach her at  John Cosway even wrote an entry about her remarks on TSF and urged Sun employees, past and present, to get in touch with Antonia.  “It is time to communicate,” he concluded in his March 23rd piece.  Indeed.
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, March 24, 2007
2:37 a.m.
SECOND UPDATE:  The Fading To Black Blog has picked up the story.
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, March 24, 2007
9:07 p.m.
Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 5:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

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