According to The New York Times Media Decoder blog, the daily newspaper announced today that it will be eliminating 100 newsroom jobs by the end of the year. It is hoping for the majority of the cuts to result from buyouts and other voluntary measures, but will resort to layoffs if necessary.
According to Richard Perez-Pena, who wrote the Media Decoder blog, “The program mirrors one carried out in the spring of 2008, when the paper erased 100 positions in its newsroom, though other jobs were created, so the net reduction was smaller. That round of cuts included some layoffs of journalists – about 15 to 20, though The Times would not disclose the actual figure – which was the first time in memory that had happened.”
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