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'Washington Post' To Cut 80 Newsroom Jobs, Sources Say (Dinosaur Media Extinction Alert!!)
Editor & Publisher ^ | March 10, 2006 | Joe Strupp

Posted on 03/10/2006 8:28:15 AM PST by abb

NEW YORK The Washington Post plans to cut at least 80 newsroom jobs through attrition and buyouts, according to sources at the paper who said editors began giving staffers the bad news on Thursday in meetings and will continue today.

"My understanding is that the editors and managing editors brought this up with other issues of downsizing, but with no layoffs," said one source in the metro staff, which got first word of the news in a meeting Thursday. "It looks like through attrition and buyouts."

Another source in the national staff said a meeting was being held this morning to give them the bad news, with similar gatherings throughout the day. "Eighty through attrition and buyouts," the source said. "They are going staff by staff."

The paper has about 800 editorial employees, many represented by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. Rick Weiss, a Post reporter and Guild unit chair at the paper, could not be reached for comment this morning.

Other cost cuts also are being rumored, including the eventual closing of at least two foreign bureaus and changes to some other overseas bureaus that would have staffers working out of their homes.

Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. and Publisher Bo Jones did not return calls seeking comment.

Post spokesman Eric Grant offered no comment when asked about the pending cuts or any official announcement, saying only, "not at this point." Joe Strupp (jstrupp@editorandpublisher.com) is a senior editor at E&P.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: biasmeanslayoffs; demoratrag; demoratsdontread; layoffs; leonarddownie; liberalmedia; newspapers; oldmedia; surprize; trysellingthetruth; trytellingthetruth; wapo; wp
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And it's Friday, too!!
1 posted on 03/10/2006 8:28:18 AM PST by abb
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To: abb

Tarpits claim more victims.


2 posted on 03/10/2006 8:29:47 AM PST by rhombus
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To: abb

Dead tree dinosaur lying media going out of business. A twofer ... have a nice weekend.


3 posted on 03/10/2006 8:29:54 AM PST by Tarpon
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To: abb
The Washington Post plans to cut at least 80 newsroom jobs through attrition and buyouts

"Bush, Israel Blamed."

4 posted on 03/10/2006 8:30:29 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("It'sTime for Republicans to Start Toeing the Conservative Line, NOT the Other Way Around!")
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To: abb

WaPo supplies it, we just don't demand it. Price equalibrium gets adjusted downward. The market works.


5 posted on 03/10/2006 8:30:48 AM PST by gipper81
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To: abb

I have no confidence that reducing staff will improve either the quality of their reporting or their objectivity.


6 posted on 03/10/2006 8:31:19 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: abb

7 posted on 03/10/2006 8:31:21 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Tarpon

and look at the cowards hide from further explanation and disclosure. Hypocrites.


8 posted on 03/10/2006 8:33:03 AM PST by mwl1
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To: abb

Maybe they're going to outsource to India or Pakistan!


9 posted on 03/10/2006 8:33:38 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: abb

10 posted on 03/10/2006 8:33:48 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (A Liberal: One who demands half of your pie, because he didn't bake one.)
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To: abb

Here's an idea for them - report the news, layoff the front page editorials.


11 posted on 03/10/2006 8:34:56 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: abb

12 posted on 03/10/2006 8:35:02 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: abb

Those who work with TWP know that the budget has been pretty fat for a while ( you have to see the spending to believe it), it was just a matter of time before some re-structuring happened. The bad news is that they are still quite profitable and this really doesn't amount to anything.


13 posted on 03/10/2006 8:37:04 AM PST by stacytec (Nihilism, its whats for dinner)
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To: stacytec

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step..."


14 posted on 03/10/2006 8:39:13 AM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: abb
[The paper has about 800 editorial employees...]

The paper has about 800 editorial employees Marxist, hate-America propagandists...]

Fixed.

15 posted on 03/10/2006 8:39:47 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (A Liberal: One who demands half of your pie, because he didn't bake one.)
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To: abb
Washington Post: layoffs due to declining circulation
NY Times: layoffs due to declining circulation
Newsday: legal action filed because of inflated circulation numbers
LA Times: layoffs due to declining circulation
CBS News: bottom of the network slag heap
Hollywood: record-setting box-office dropoff
Air America: survives by selling blood
Al Gore TV: invisible

But there's a market out there for liberal media ...

16 posted on 03/10/2006 8:46:44 AM PST by IronJack
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To: IronJack

The dark cloud/silver lining thingy comes to mind, hehehe....


17 posted on 03/10/2006 8:48:14 AM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: abb

BUSH'S FAULT!


18 posted on 03/10/2006 8:53:15 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: abb
 
 
 
 

19 posted on 03/10/2006 8:54:19 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: abb
Dear AUE!

I have a suggestion, just to show you that we Americans are not xenophobes but simply concerned about our security, we want to offer you the ownership of the Washington Post and other papers like it. New York Times? I will assure this is a done deal. Not one of us will raise an eyebrow, since these paper(s) are already as anti-American and blame-America-first, as you can find. They will probably love to be owned by your intrepid business people. Regards, A segment of the American People who appreciate your business.

20 posted on 03/10/2006 8:57:15 AM PST by ElPatriota (Let's not forget, we are all still friends despite our differences)
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Kewl. WaPo's intransigent 'tude enables me to add yet another new trophy to my shrine to Old Media. :) A work of FReeper performance art known as Got them Old Media Circulation Blues inspired by an ancient axiom that bad news sells. ;)

'Washington Post' To Cut 80 Newsroom Jobs, Sources Say - 03/10/2006
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E.W. Scripps Reports 4Q Loss of $603,000 - 02/02/2006
Knight Ridder profit declines 22% (Dinosaur Media Extinction Alert) - 01/31/2006
TIMES BOMBS ("paper of record" 2001-04 daily circulation off 19%) - 01/11/2006
TIMES' 4Q PROFIT OFF (attributes costs of 500 job cuts) - 12/22/2005
Gannett Nov. Revenue Drops 2.1% (Other MSM sinking, too) - 12/08/2005
L.A. Times Drags on Tribune Revenue (200 *more* layoffs expected) - 12/02/2005
Newspaper circulation down. Sanfrancisco Chronicle down 17% - 11/08/2005
Newspaper Circulation Continues to Decline (NY Daily News DOWN 1.5% - May 2005) - 10/24/2005
Bored readers cutting off Globe’s circulation - 10/20/2005
Time Inc. Gets A U.S. Subpoena About Circulation - 09/24/2005
Denver papers use liberal rules to boost circulation - 08/08/2005
Advertisers Sue 'Minneapolis Star Tribune' Over Circulation Inflation - 06/29/2005
Arrests made in Newsday circulation scandal - 06/16/2005
Los Angeles Times Reports March Circulation (Down, down, down) - 05/02/2005
Belo Begins Refunding Advertisers Over Inflated Circulation Figures (Texas) - 05/02/2005
Why Can’t the Washington Post Keep Circulation Up? - 07/23/2004
Newsday, Hoy publishers retire amid circulation scandal - 07/19/04
Publishers Seek Scapegoats for Circulation Woes - 07/05/2004
Tribune Company (LA Times parent) Admits Inflated Circulation Numbers At Two Papers - 06/23/2004
21 posted on 03/10/2006 9:28:48 AM PST by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
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To: abb
The problem is technology.

With the computer, it doesn't take as many people to plagiarize as it did years back.
22 posted on 03/10/2006 9:29:24 AM PST by Mr. Brightside (I know what I like.)
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To: abb
The paper has about 800 editorial employees,

WTF? All those employees and they still suck.

23 posted on 03/10/2006 9:29:56 AM PST by Looking4Truth (We in the U.S. know the rest of the world is nearly useless and we're sick of carrying their asses!)
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To: abb
Sinking readership and revenue, because of biased and mediocre reporting, is finally taking its toll.
24 posted on 03/10/2006 9:35:01 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: abb

They could fire fact checkers to no effect.


25 posted on 03/10/2006 9:39:31 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (The Prophet Muhammed, Piss Be Upon Him)
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To: IronJack
But there's a market out there for liberal media

Oh come on, that's not fair ... actually, yes, there IS a market out there for the Liberal media.  Sure, it's a teenie tiny widdle market, but I'm sure it exists ... somewhere.

26 posted on 03/10/2006 9:43:23 AM PST by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires.)
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To: abb

I hope some activists go over there and stage a demonstration---of joy. :)


27 posted on 03/10/2006 10:23:57 AM PST by Graymatter (J31-F28-M31...why not J30-F30-M30?)
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To: abb

You know when a private company cuts jobs they go to town on them and why they should have "cut other things instead of jobs or the executives should give up there pay first" or some *hit like that. Have any of the big boy's at the post given up there pay packages yet?


28 posted on 03/10/2006 10:26:45 AM PST by spikeytx86 (Beware the Democratic party has been over run by CRAB PEOPLE!)
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To: Graymatter
hope some activists go over there and stage a demonstration---of joy. :)

Put the roles in reverse, if this had been a conservative newspaper you can darn well bet on some slimy reaction by the left. Maybe we can have our own obnoxious group like that "Baptist Pastor" who demonstrates at soldiers funerals and ALWAYS gets media attention.

Picket and parade in front of Wapo offices with signs made up with all the fun dino cartoons up above. Or, "Wapo's approval level at record low according to recent poll taken by American consumers!" We need to spotlight this good news.

29 posted on 03/10/2006 11:28:40 AM PST by PLOM...NOT!
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To: abb

Really good news for a Friday. Maybe next month the WPo will cut some administrative top heaviness. Then maybe they will just go out of business. We can hope can't we?


30 posted on 03/10/2006 11:59:04 AM PST by conservative blonde (Conservative Blonde)
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To: abb
Reducing the staff may reduce print errors, at least one of those knuckle heads has to be in the cut. Actually, they could just get the NY Times to reprint their paper with the Washington Post label and know one would notice.
31 posted on 03/10/2006 12:03:26 PM PST by TheForceOfOne (Memogate - Dan Rathers Little Big Horn.)
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To: TheForceOfOne

The NYT, WaPo, LAT, Glob, etc could all be pinted with blank mastheads. Then they could use those stickylabels for whichever city they were sent to...


32 posted on 03/10/2006 12:08:14 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: abb

Let's hope that among those fired is the editor who wrote the "Bush knew about the levees breaching" hit piece, then hid the correction on page A-16. But I suppose bias and incompetence are not grounds for dismissal in the MSM.


33 posted on 03/10/2006 12:13:59 PM PST by HHFi
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To: IronJack

Great synopsis! Ain't life grand?


34 posted on 03/10/2006 12:33:14 PM PST by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: abb

Does that mean they fired MD4BUSH????


35 posted on 03/10/2006 12:45:18 PM PST by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: abb

36 posted on 03/10/2006 1:09:09 PM PST by seawolf101
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To: stacytec

Yes it will amount to something, but it's bad news:

Less reporting, more forwarding of Press Releases and Al Reuters.

If it weren't for the persistant biases, the Washington Post would be an excellent newspaper. (Big "if"). This will cause it to decline in quality.


37 posted on 03/10/2006 1:35:02 PM PST by dangus
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To: abb

how many of those starry-eyed (unemployed) lefties are gonna wind up doing their own blogs?


38 posted on 03/10/2006 2:58:41 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (now more skeptical than ever.)
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To: abb

Can we tap for oil in them once there dead.


39 posted on 03/10/2006 3:04:31 PM PST by CommieCrusher
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To: abb

More good news!


40 posted on 03/10/2006 3:28:26 PM PST by 7mmMag@LeftCoast
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To: abb

41 posted on 03/10/2006 3:29:04 PM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: gondramB
They are probably firing the 80 closet Conservatives that they unwittingly discovered in their midst
42 posted on 03/10/2006 3:30:20 PM PST by 7mmMag@LeftCoast
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That is the silliest thing I've read today, they would have to have fact checkers in order to fire any.
43 posted on 03/10/2006 3:34:06 PM PST by 7mmMag@LeftCoast
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To: 7mmMag@LeftCoast

80 fired, 720 to go.


44 posted on 03/10/2006 3:34:39 PM PST by AGreatPer
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To: Mr. Brightside

You're bad.


45 posted on 03/10/2006 3:36:58 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: abb

I hope the former employees were given life long health care benefits like they demand of every other capitalist enterprise.


46 posted on 03/10/2006 3:40:26 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Milhous; bert; Doctor Raoul; rightinthemiddle; martin_fierro; Gabz; Howlin; onyx; Alamo-Girl; ...

Must see post 21!


47 posted on 03/10/2006 4:13:52 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: conservative blonde
Really good news for a Friday. Maybe next month the WPo will cut some administrative top heaviness. Then maybe they will just go out of business. We can hope can't we?

Unfortunately, no. You would have to live in the Washington, DC area for awhile to see the number of liberals that infest that place. There's no way that a liberal bastion such as The Washington Post would ever go under. Unfortunately.

48 posted on 03/10/2006 4:35:45 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: gondramB

...I have no confidence that reducing staff will improve either the quality of their reporting or their objectivity.....

If it is like a distillstion process, the reporting will become less objective as the need to remain employed strikes fear into the hearts of those remaining.


49 posted on 03/10/2006 4:43:56 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: bill1952

LOL, love it!!


50 posted on 03/10/2006 7:01:01 PM PST by proud_yank (Liberalism - The 'Culture of Ignorance'.)
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