- Frozen turkeys were a pretty popular bonus. (Deposit Photos)
A lot of journalists got the Bob Cratchit treatment when bonus time came, (past tense intentional,) bringing home turkeys, a bag of cranberries and even bacon.
“One newspaper for which I worked gave employees bacon as a Christmas bonus. The first year or two it was really good bacon, but eventually you could tell The Old Man (as we called our owner/publisher) was just sending his poor wife to the store and telling her to get whatever was cheapest,” Steve James wrote on Facebook.
Yesterday, after The Washington Post reported that staff at Washington City Paper were getting $250 bonuses, I asked what other bonuses reporters have received.
Through email, I got a link to a 2005 story in The Hook, a now-closed weekly paper in Charlottesville, Virginia, that wrote about the bonus that year for employees of the daily paper, Daily Progress.… Read more