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The Bobster
06-23-2017, 09:37 AM

New York Times bloodbath could include reporter jobs
By Keith J. Kelly
June 23, 2017 | 1:00am | Updated

Reporters at the New York Times could soon be “vulnerable” to the ax. :D If the ongoing round of voluntary buyouts being offered to editing staff does not get enough takers, the Gray Lady could begin another round, NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet recently warned his top department editors.

“Up until now, the company had not indicated that layoffs would happen if targeted numbers weren’t achieved,” Grant Glickson, president of the NewsGuild, told Media Ink.

As part of the NYT’s ongoing restructuring of its editing ranks, 109 copy editors have had their jobs eliminated. There are estimated to be about 50 new jobs available in the restructured editing operation that the Times envisions for its digital- and video-oriented future.

When the downsizing was first revealed in late May, a memo from Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn portrayed the cuts as a “streamlining” of the editing process and indicated that some of the savings would be used to hire up to 100 more journalists.

But in a mid-June meeting with department heads, Baquet admitted that journalists could be targeted in a new round of layoffs once the editing ranks are culled. :p

“I just attended a department head meeting with Dean and the rest of the staff,” Metro Editor Wendell Jamieson said in a June 15 memo to his own staff. “While much of the buyout discussions have focused on editors, the buyouts are also available to reporters. Dean made it clear that, should the Times find itself in a layoff situation, reporters will also be vulnerable.” The memo eventually made its way to the NewsGuild, where it triggered a new uproar.

The NewsGuild blasted the decision by Times management to do away with copy editors — and potentially expand its layoffs to reporters. “This proves what we have suspected all along,” said Glickson. “The Times ‘restructuring’ of the newsroom is really about the bottom line and not about making the editing process more efficient, as they claim.”

The process is speeding along, however, despite the union’s objections. Interviews for copy editors to apply for the new positions are expected to conclude June 27. They are being conducted by 14 top editors — Jamieson, Monica Drake, Nancy Gauss, Steve Kenny, Marc Lacey, Patrick LaForge, Dean Murphy, Caroline Que, Carolyn Ryan, Karron Skog, Dick Stevenson, Archie Tse, Vivian Toy and Susan Wessling. The interview committee will meet June 28 and June 29 to decide who will be called back for a second interview.

The second interview process is expected to end by July 10.

The buyout window closes July 20 — so there will be a 10-day period in which copy editors who have essentially been job eliminated can then “volunteer” for a buyout.

Said one insider, “If you don’t have a job after the interview process is complete, you really have no choice but to take the buyout.”

The Bobster
07-12-2017, 09:20 AM

‘Death panels’ to break pink-slip news to dozens of NY Times copy editors
By Keith J. Kelly
July 11, 2017 | 10:19pm | Updated

New York Times employees hold signs during a temporary strike in June in support of copy editors. Getty Images

While buyout talks continue, it currently looks like the number of editors who will be given pink slips at the New York Times will be around 60, sources tell Media Ink.

The seven two-person teams of editors breaking the news to those who are staying and to those who are going are being referred to in the newsroom as “death panels,” insiders said.

As part of a streamlining process unveiled by Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn, the title of copy editor and backfield editor is being eliminated.

The Times has not disclosed how many jobs that involves — but the News Guild of New York puts that number at around 110 people.

Roughly 65 new editors who will supervise video and copy will be hired — up from an earlier estimate of only 50 new jobs.

Copy editors can apply, but there is no guarantee they will be offered new jobs.

News Guild of New York president Grant Glickson, who has blasted the cutbacks, is holding a meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday with union members at the Times.

Many copy editors who were called into second interviews last week expecting that they were “call back” interviews leading to a new job were instead encouraged to take a buyout package.

Insiders have until July 20 to decide to take the buyout.

“Some of the people being let go are top-notch editors who have given decades of their lives to the Times,” said one insider. “And obviously, they’re devastated. But the morale of the people who are staying isn’t much better.”

“It’s not just that they’re sad to see talented colleagues laid off, they also have zero confidence in management and in the latest reorganization of the newsroom,” the insider said.

The Times’ downsizing is the second reorganization to hit the editorial ranks in less than a year.

“If that doesn’t amount to an obvious management debacle, I don’t know what does,” said our source.