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Herald to cut about 175 positions

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Andy _ Kent, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    The editor at the Herald, Jake's uncle, shouldn't get his reputation damaged by presiding over all these layoffs. His reputation already should be mud for what a weak-assed editor and lousy leader he's been. Think of Perry White without spine or balls or leadership, or even the personality to holler "Great Caesar's Ghost!" at Jimmy Olson. The perfect corporate, ruffle-no-feathers, Mr. Peabody EE for today's cubicled, hushed newsroom.
  2. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    I heard Sentinel may be on the same day.
  3. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Can't believe this wasn't clarified.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    The names being bantered about about who is out in sports is making me want to puke.

    These things are always awful, but having close friends involved is particularly brutal.
  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Just talked to someone who knows and apparently almost everyone on staff is taking a 10 percent pay cut. Those are the lucky ones...
  6. HorseWhipped

    HorseWhipped Guest

    So it's layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, too?

    That's a real kick in the head.

    And furloughs would run the salary cut to 12 percent.
  7. bevo

    bevo Member

    Wow. Talk about a bomb going off. Huge layoffs, pay reduction and one-week furlough. Oh, and some are getting their hours cut. May God help us all.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    If I'm not mistaken, at the other papers (Sacto, KC) , only people making over $100K a year were taking the 10 percent cut. Apparently, that's not the case in Miami.
  9. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    From The Publisher (via The Pipeline):

    Following Monday’s McClatchy Company cost savings announcement, I want to share with you the details for the Miami Herald Media Company. We are announcing plans to reduce our workforce by approximately 19%. About 175 employees will lose their jobs as a result, and we will eliminate another 30 vacant positions, for a total reduction of 205. Reductions will occur in all areas of our operation and at every level in the organization.

    Although many of the job eliminations will occur through involuntary layoffs, there also will be opportunities for employees to voluntarily elect a severance package where reductions are occurring in work groups of two or more employees. If enough employees do not take the voluntary option, then the work groups will be reduced either by function or according to least tenure, depending on the workgroup.

    Employees affected by this reduction are being notified and provided with information about a transition package. If a voluntary option is being offered to your work group, you will receive written notification with additional information today.

    The decisions about where to reduce jobs have been extremely difficult. Please know that we have done everything possible to minimize the impact of layoffs by identifying alternative means of saving expenses, several of which are detailed below.

    We will implement pay reductions for all full-time employees making more than $25,000 per year in base salary. For those who earn between $25,000 and $50,000 per year in base pay, the reduction will be 5%. For employees who make more than $50,000 per year in base pay, the reduction will be 10%.

    Every employee will receive a letter detailing the impact of the pay reduction in the next few days. These reductions will take effect for the pay period beginning March 23, 2009.

    We will also implement a one-week unpaid furlough program. Details on that program, which will begin in April, will be made available in the next two weeks.

    Additionally, we are eliminating all 2009 bonuses (MBOs) for everyone in management.

    We also are reducing operational expenses in all areas. Among those reductions:

    We will convert our presses to a 44-inch web format, which will conserve more than $2 million in newsprint on an annualized basis.

    We have leased the sixth floor of One Herald Plaza, and we will consolidate our Dadeland news and advertising operations into other Herald facilities and seek a tenant to lease that office space.

    We will cease publication of our International Edition, reducing costs that are now outpacing revenues for that product.

    While there will be tightening of news pages on various days, we have worked hard to maintain our newspapers at the quality level our readers have come to expect.

    All of these are difficult decisions, especially when it means saying goodbye to so many of our friends and colleagues. But we must make these additional cuts to ensure the viability of our newspapers and to adjust to new competitive and economic realities.

    Each of the actions we’re announcing today has been shaped by our commitment to continue to serve readers, advertisers and our community through the vital public service we have provided for more than 100 years. We must keep that mission – and the long view – in our sights. Every day, I hear from readers about the value of the work we do. While forced to make difficult changes, we will not lose focus on continuing to be South Florida’s most trusted source of information.

    Again, I want to apologize for the disruption that you have experienced over the last several weeks. We can only respectfully ask, as we have in the past, that you keep your focus and continue to work hard to help our company succeed.

    Please contact human resources if you have any questions about the severance program or wage reductions. Thanks.
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Man, that's rough. And I can't imagine with all the empty buildings in Miami that leasing out one floor is going to bring in a lot of bacon.
  11. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    By "work groups," do they mean employees' official classification/status level, or the actual work they do in the newsroom?

    Like, does it mean we're looking to eliminate one (or two, or however many) senior manager, one layout guy, one rim guy, one reporter, one editorial aide, etc., or what?
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I hear they may lose six in sports and photographers may take a huge hit.
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