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'NYT' to Axe 12 Newsroom Jobs Now, Management Cuts Next Year

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'NYT' to Axe 12 Newsroom Jobs Now, Management Cuts Next Year

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Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, announced in a staff memo today that "there are going to be layoffs in the newsroom, for the first time in recent memory." He added that a "hiring freeze" will continue, with open positions filled internally, and next year "we also expect to eliminate a few management jobs in administrative areas."

For now, a dozen "support" workers will be getting the axe, but Keller said the paper has still been able "to avoid the kind of drastic staff cutbacks other news organizations have endured."

Keller noted, "As we approach 2008, it is clear that the newsroom is going to have to do even more to tighten spending, and to help the publisher and the Times Company meet the difficult financial challenges facing our industry. While we are committed to retaining our competitive muscle, we will be facing some tough choices about where to save ...

"Today we notified the Newspaper Guild that about a dozen support positions within the newspaper are being eliminated. …

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