Denver Post: If 15-20 newsroom staffers don't take buyout, layoffs could follow
Yesterday afternoon, editorial employees at the Denver Post gathered for an all-newsroom meeting -- the sort at which good news is seldom shared. And as expected, the imparted information was grim.
Staffers were told that if at least fifteen-to-twenty of them -- up to 10 percent of the staff -- don't take a buyout offer, layoffs could follow.
No one could call this development unexpected. The economy remains in the doldrums, making the already challenging scenario faced by the journalism industry that much more difficult. Here at Westword, we understand the situation all too well. Two full-time positions were recently eliminated -- part of well over a dozen layoffs across the Village Voice Media chain, at publications such as the SF Weekly and City Pages in Minneapolis.
Meanwhile, the Post announced a 4 percent budget cut this past June, leading to page-count shrinkage in the feature and sports sections. And since then, more reporting has been directed toward the Internet.
Reached this morning via e-mail, Post editor Greg Moore confirms that the paper hopes fifteen to twenty people will "take the voluntary buyout." He adds, "I really can't say any more right now."
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