The ax falls

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on May 7, 2009

I'd been joking around for the past few months that the San Diego Union-Tribune newsroom was like a hospice ward -- people were just waiting around to die. Well, I was more right than I knew. Today, I found out I was one of the people dying.

So, if you or someone you know is looking for someone with journalism, new media and/or technical skills, I'm available. I'm an expert level InDesign user, so if you need brochures, menus or logos designed, I can do that too.

You can find my resume and samples of my newspaper design work at my portfolio page. I will entertain any and all job offers. I currently live in San Diego, but as of today I'm willing to move anywhere.


Welcome Instapundit readers! If you know anyone who may be hiring for even the smallest thing, let them know about me. In addition to journalism, I've also got some substantial technical skills. For the past couple of years I've been one of the key people at the Union-Tribune vetting content management systems. From analyzing feature sets to reviewing contract language, I was a key player in a lot of the decision-making (which made today's layoff a rather large surprise).

UPDATE 2!, which covers the Union-Tribune far better than the Union-Tribune does, has follow-ups here and here.

You can find the paper's formal, antiseptic announcement here.


For those of you looking at the portfolio, I will be updating it over the next few days. I have a resume that is more tech-focused for those who might be looking for someone to do tech support or end-user training that I will put up later tonight. I will also try to get some of my reporting samples up this weekend.

UPDATE 4! has an updated article along with a list of my fellow victims.

0 comments on “The ax falls”

  1. Sorry, Matt. I'll be joining you in about a month.
    I'm not a journalist, by any means, but involved with military defense contracting these days. When Sec. Gates cancelled the F-22, he also cancelled the Transformational Satellite Program, which affected me personally.

    We're most definitely living in interesting times.

  2. I have read your blog for years and will continue to do so.

    I wanted to contibute but the site would not accept my amex. it was easier when I could donate through Amazon.

    You have an excellemt resume. With Glenn Reynolds on your side, you cannot fail.

    Best wishes,

    Terry Dury

  3. Tough luck pardner. I've been through that experience, not a lot of fun. Good luck on the job hunt.

  4. Matthew - my sincere wishes for a better future. I've posted comments occasionally on your site, and always respected (even when I sometimes disagreed with) your take. The UT has hit me personally (a "local" municipal employee) with every kind of statistical misrepresentation and pension slur (yup...getting warmer now), and I'm taking my 6% pay cut by terminating my renewal option on UT delivery (no, I don't bitch about the cuts because a lot of people are suffering worse). Thinner but more expensive, sometimes, isn't better. Your track record of reasonable discussion should surely work in your favor. Again, best wishes!
    Frank G

  5. Sorry to hear about that, Matt. I will be on the lookout for any possibilities here in North County.

    Keep up the solid work here on Hoystory.

  6. Matt, I am sorry about your job loss. I hope you find something in the private sector soon. If not, you can ask Obama for a job. I mean if he can heal the planet, he certainly ought to be able to get a job for a talented person like you.


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