Cassandra Day learned on January 29th that she was out of work -- via conference call.
Patch.com was throwing in the towel. The system of local news websites, formerly owned by AOL, has been lopping off staff. For three years, Day had virtually single-handedly made the Middletown Patch one of the more successful sites, and she survived several rounds of closures and layoffs. But not this time.
Despite the current bleak job prospects for journalists, Day, a Middletown resident, did have something to look forward to.
For the past two years she has been chronicling bits and pieces of the city she loves via her Instagram feed. A collection of her photos are appropriately enough being featured as part of Klekolo World Coffee's rotating artwork, and Thursday night was the opening celebration.
Day, and her friends and supporters, had a bit more to celebrate than they planned. Thursday afternoon, The Middletown Press announced via Facebook that Day had been named managing editor, starting February 24th.
"I'm thrilled to be covering my old stomping grounds" Day said. Not surprisingly, considering Day's work for the past three years, The Press has asked her to focus on their online operations.
It's a familiar work environment for her. Day was the features editor for the Press for 13 years.
Klekolo until the end of the month. The collection includes "sidewalk grates, survey markers, fire sprinkler covers, oxidized meters, weathered signs, ramshackle barns — corroded and dilapidated yet ordinary things we pass every day without consideration." Day framed them herself, and yes, they are available for purchase.