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Thirty-Four Staffers, Including Longtime Vets, Take 'Journal Sentinel' Buyout

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Thirty-Four Staffers, Including Longtime Vets, Take 'Journal Sentinel' Buyout

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirmed Thursday that 29 full-time and 5 part-time employees have accepted buyouts earlier this week as part of the paper's ongoing effort to cut costs. Those affected reportedly include some of the paper's notable arts and entertainment correspondents, though Journal Sentinel President and Publisher Elizabeth Brenner would not confirm any names or tenure.

"Like many newspapers, the realities of today's environment requires Journal Sentinel to get smaller and align our costs with lower revenue," Brenner told E&P Online in an e-mail. "This means reducing our workforce as we restructure with a focus on the skills needed for today. Our goal is to continue to be the high quality news leader in Southeastern Wisconsin."

According to a report in The Business Journal of Milwaukee, Monday night was the deadline for newsroom staff to apply for the buyout, and layoffs are anticipated if not enough staffers agree to a buyout. Greg Pearson, president of the newsroom employees union, told The Business Journal that Journal Sentinel executives have said "substantially more" positions must be eliminated.

Among the prominent writers who have reportedly accepted the buyout are broadcast media columnist Tim Cuprisin, theater critic Damien Jaques, books editor Geeta Sharma-Jensen, education reporter Alan Borsuk, pop music writer Dave Tianen, music/dance writer Tom Strini and business columnist Tannette Johnson-Elie. …

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