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Layoffs and buyouts at The Seattle Times

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Kolchak, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. Kolchak

    Kolchak Member

    The timing couldn't be better. Merry Christmas everyone!

    Jim Romenesko has the company e-mail:

    Here's an article from The Stranger that says the newsroom budget will be cut by 6%, whatever that means.
  2. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't it just be newspaper perfect to be told your job was "mission critical" and get denied, then a few weeks later get laid off anyway?
  3. silvercharm

    silvercharm Member

    Sports hired two fairly high-salaried employees this summer...Bud Wither's replacement and a columnist replacement for Jerry Brewer.
  4. indiehead

    indiehead New Member

    And Matt Pentz has hardly been well received locally
  5. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    What is the existing circulation? The approximate newsroom staffing?
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    In other NW newspaper news - the publisher The Eugene Register-Guard hired away from the Oregonian last summer is gone.

    In holiday bonus news (Gannett edition) TEGNA employees (TV) get $400 for a bonus. Gannett (newspaper) people get an extra paid day off (which will come in handy when the furloughs are announced).
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2015
  7. murphyc

    murphyc Well-Known Member

  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Class move for a newspaper asking another paper to out a source.
  9. Kolchak

    Kolchak Member

    The second article I linked counted 202 newsroom employees, but that's just going off of the staff listed on their website.
  10. Kolchak

    Kolchak Member

    I went looking for this thread and didn't realize I had created it.

    Anyway, it's the holiday season so that means more buyouts and layoffs, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal link there. They don't know how many positions they're cutting, but it'll be more than last year. Their current staff is at 178.
  11. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    That number seems somewhat robust for a 2016 newsroom not named The New York Times.

    I know our once-370 staff was at 128 in South Florida when I left in 2011.
  12. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Thirteen weeks of severance max. Pathetic. And I thought getting 26 weeks after 36 years was a little weak. Guess I should have been more grateful.
    BurnsWhenIPee likes this.
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