The recession has been particularly severe on the media industry – and nowhere has it been felt harsher than at the The Guardian Media Group, publisher of the Guardian and the Observer.
In fact, the company is so hard up that it's now trying to charge staff for an investigative reporting master class run by, er, two of the group's own reporters.
“SPECIAL OFFER FOR GUARDIAN/OBSERVER/ONLINE JOURNALISTS,” screams the email to staff. “David Leigh and Nick Davies are running a masterclass in investigative reporting in London on Saturday week. Tickets for only £75. That's for the whole class, which is a full-on, all-day, intense deal; plus tea and coffee and good things to eat during breaks; plus handouts; plus the mighty party afterwards with a considerable amount of free alcohol. The normal price is £125, but there are some seats unsold so they're on offer at this insanely cheap rate.”