Monday, December 8, 2008

We Want Our Competition Back: Dana Kopp Franklin Part of Tennessean Bloodbath

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Bites was bummed to learn that in last week's corporate bloodletting at the Tennessean, which resulted in the elimination of some 90 jobs and positions, the morning daily laid off its eminently capable food writer, Dana Kopp Franklin. A veteran reporter from the days of the late Nashville Banner, and a tireless employee who not only posted regular food reviews and news but also held down a copy-editing gig, Franklin made covering the city's restaurant developments an ongoing foot race. 

"My free-lance career starts now," Franklin said, laughing, when we talked to her. She sounded in better spirits than other people we reached. They described a long day of dread as staffers waited by the phone at each newsroom desk. One said that whenever the phone rang, you'd hear a loud curse, followed by a long trudge to executive offices. Tears only added to the funereal mood.

At least Franklin can say she's in good company. Bill Friskics-Warren, a former Scene music editor, a nationally respected critic and of late the Tennessean's yeoman arts writer, was also let go, as was Davidson A.M. editor Carol Stuart. As Nashville Cream reported, another casualty was librarian Perry Baggs, better known as the drummer in Jason & the Scorchers' legendary line-up, who's already facing dire medical expenses from diabetes.  

Franklin told us she doesn't know what she'll do at this point. But even in these dire times for print media, we can't imagine she'll be looking for work long.

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