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Reporter Reveals How Buyout/Layoff Fears Affect Her Kids

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Reporter Reveals How Buyout/Layoff Fears Affect Her Kids

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For today's working reporter moms, finding time to care for the kids in between deadlines and interviews is apparently only part of the challenge. Now they have to explain to their kids why the latest buyouts and cutbacks won't mean they're out on the street.

Take Kristen Alloway of The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. Word of the paper's recent request for 200 buyouts and the threat of a sale has required some shielding from her children. In a posting on the paper's Parental Guidance blog, Alloway revealed her recent struggle to readers.

"'Are you going to be fired?' my 10-year-old daughter asked me two weeks ago," Alloway wrote on Monday. "It was the day my Star-Ledger colleagues and I learned that the paper could be put up for sale in two months. So yes, my future could be in flux.

"But could I tell her that?" Alloway asked. "My husband was traveling out of the country that day, and I had not been able to reach him to share my news. After commiserating with my co-workers, I came home and tried to be a parent. …

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