After referring all inquiries to a non-communicative communications director, the Center for Independent Media sent an even stronger message to staff at six state sites, which include the Minnesota Independent. The memo (below), signed by Minnesotan Robin Marty, who is now employed by the DC office, was reprinted by Romenesko on Wednesday. For previous coverage of staff cuts at the Minnesota Independent and other state sites, see Minnesota Independent staff slashed, DC office fumbles for explanation.
Memo to Center for Independent Media employees
Hi, everyone. I know the last 24 hours have been a lot to think about. We also understand that one of the the assets of online media is that everyone knows lots of reporters, and has established very close relationships with their media, both local and national. I need to ask you all to please not respond to media questions about the CIM and our restructuring process.
If you receive any calls or emails, please forward that information on to me so I can direct inquiries to the proper channel. It is imperative that you do not talk to the media yourself about this issue. Any violation of this will be grounds for immediate dismissal.
Thank you for your assistance in this, and one again, thank you all for continuing on with us. If you have any questions, please do hesitate to contact me.
Deputy Program Director
Center for Independent Media