Trouble at UWIRE

An e-mail sent by the news editor on Sunday night to student editors for UWIRE — the wire service supported by student journalists at more than 800 colleges and universities nationwide — read:

I have been told that UWIRE is temporarily suspending operations. I don’t know a lot of specifics, but I’ve been told that UWIRE will likely be back in some form in a relatively short amount of time.

The situation is still hazy, but the Web site, which also distributes content to professional news outlets such as CNN, Fox News and Yahoo, is apparently in a “transitional period,” according to the site’s general manager. In his e-mail, Tom Orr wrote:

We are currently in a transitional period, and are doing everything in our power to make sure that we can live up to our commitments.

None of the nine student editors (full disclosure: Observer is one of them) have received paychecks for the last pay period, which they were told would be cut on Sept. 25.

Newspapers are folding, and it looks like news Web sites are getting 404’d. But taking it out on student editors who were payed $8 an hour? That is so old media. At least Gannett allowed their employees at Westchester’s Journal News in New York to reapply for their jobs when their paper was transitioning.


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