All the (lousy) news that’s fit to print

The New York Times is at it again. After the round of layoffs and buyouts (and let’s face it, a buyout is really little more than a subsidized layoff) last year, the crumpling paper will cut 100 jobs, or eight percent of its workforce.

“I won’t pretend that these staff cuts will not add to the burdens of journalists whose responsibilities have grown faster than their compensation,” Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, wrote in a note to his staff. He added, “Like you, I yearn for the day when we can do our jobs without looking over our shoulders for economic thunderstorms.”

But, really, even if that day does come, those jobs are lost forever; they won’t be coming back.

The current figure for news room employees is about 1,250. Stil seems like a lot. According to thie Times‘ piece, the second largest paper has 750.

And as goes the Gray Lady, so goes the rest of the country.

Nearly all metropolitan papers have been cutting their news operations for years, and some have fewer than half as many people in their newsrooms as they did a few years ago. The Los Angeles Times has dropped to about 600 news employees, from more than 1,200; The Washington Post to about 700, from more than 900; and The Boston Globe, which is owned by the Times Company, to close to 300, from well over 500.

More on the stituation from the Times’ Media Recorder blog.


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