Talking Times Layoffs And The Yes Men On The Menu

What does it mean for the industry when a media company like the New York Times Co. announces that 100 people must be cut from the newsroom?

That question led today’s Morning Media Menu podcast, hosted by AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven and TVNewser‘s Kevin Allocca, who welcomed FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst to discuss the New York Times‘s announcement of layoffs yesterday.

Amanda reminded listeners that the Times laid off 100 people in 2008 through the same voluntary buyout process. “When companies make layoff announcements like this, they kind of couch it,” she said. “They give you a number and you don’t know really know what’s going to happen. And you kind of just have to wait and see.”

Kevin dug up some statistics about the Times: the paper had a little over 1,300 newsroom staffers before the last round of cuts, and now they have around 1,250. But no other U.S. newspaper has more than 750 staffers. Overall, it’s been estimated that 14,000 newspaper staffers have lost their jobs this year.

Also discussed: the Yes Men’s recent hoax involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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