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New York Times Confirms Non-Newsroom Layoffs (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
JimRomenesko.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | Jim Romenesko

Posted on 05/07/2012 1:22:37 PM PDT by abb

I received multiple tips late Thursday about layoffs at the New York Times, including this report:

More than 50 people were laid off on the corporate side. The layoffs include George Freeman, one of their well-known in-house lawyers. The worry is this is just the begginning of cuts — and that the company is putting pressure on the unions. Several of the people who were laid off were minorities, including African Americans and Hispanics.

Another tipster says of Freeman: He was “one of the two go-to guys on news-department legal matters, from story vetting to fighting First Amendment cases. The entire legal floor is in shock. Reportedly, nobody had advance inkling. (Don’t know if George did or not).”

I have emailed Freeman — he was Times Co. assistant general counsel — for comment. (UPDATE: He says he’s “saddened and shocked” by the Times’ decision to lay him off.)

I asked the Times about the layoffs and got this confirmation from corporate communications senior vice president Robert Christie:

Yes, there were non-newsroom layoffs announced Wednesday in corporate and business-side positions and this was to adjust to the changing business environment and maintain our financial health.

In a follow-up email, I asked about the number and the Freeman report. “I won’t confirm anyone by name but the 50 positions, not employees number is correct,” said Christie.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; dbm; layoffs; liberalmedia; newspapers; nytimes
For some reason, not reported in the MSM.
1 posted on 05/07/2012 1:22:56 PM PDT by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; carmenbmw; ...

ping


2 posted on 05/07/2012 1:24:52 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

The propagandists will be the last to go. Interesting...


3 posted on 05/07/2012 1:26:11 PM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: abb
I'm saddened,...NOT.
4 posted on 05/07/2012 1:27:21 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: abb

Don’t ever discount the possibility of some kind of internal political skullduggery in Freeman’s layoff. Absent that, however, cutting such a prominent and apparently valuable attorney means the Slimes is in really bad financial trouble and is down to cutting the muscle and bone as well as the fat.


5 posted on 05/07/2012 1:32:06 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: abb

tsk tsk


6 posted on 05/07/2012 1:34:50 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Criminaliens or Crimigrants...0bamao's people?)
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To: abb

http://www.adweek.com/news/press/secret-meeting-has-washington-post-buzzing-140036
Secret Meeting Has ‘Washington Post’ Buzzing
As paper struggles, big-name journalists meet with the paper’s top business exec

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304746604577382101741961484.html
Oprah Struggles to Build Her Network

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/174083/wapo-revenues-fall.html
WaPo Revenues Fall

http://newsosaur.blogspot.com/2012/05/average-print-circ-fell-8-at-top.html#comments
Average print circ fell 7% at top dailies

http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/05/who-needs-newspapers-its-fewer-people-than-publishers-seem-to-believe/
Nikki Usher: “Who Needs Newspapers?” It’s fewer people than publishers seem to believe

http://newspaperdeathwatch.com/newspapers-are-fastest-shrinking-u-s-industry/
Newspapers Are Fastest-Shrinking U.S. Industry

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/04/washington-post-revenue-losses-q1_n_1477684.html
Washington Post Revenue Falls Again In Q1; Newspaper Division Suffers Steep Losses

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/artman2/publish/Hereandthere/The-word-OWN-has-lost-330-million.asp
The word:
OWN has lost $330 million


7 posted on 05/07/2012 1:34:54 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

OH NO JIM! Not the minorities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh the humanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL! Good riddance to every one of them and may they rot in hell!


8 posted on 05/07/2012 1:35:18 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: SandRat

what’s that German sounding word, Schaudenfraude? (sp??)

It’s hard to feel sorry for hard times in the news business, when what’s happening in part is their losing a monopoly on how news is reported, and what news is reported.

And, they are finding that when there are alternatives, that critical masses of people will NOT turn to the MSM for news and information. Instead they will turn to alternative media.

Remember when President Johnson allegedly said, “If I’ve lost Walter Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America”, after Cronkite came out against the Vietnam War. I wonder if that would happen today, if any prominent newsman could frame the debate and set the agenda, and selectively report news today, as the MSM did in the days of Vietnam.


9 posted on 05/07/2012 1:36:56 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: abb
layoffs at the New York Times

So sad. ;)

10 posted on 05/07/2012 1:37:55 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: abb

you would think the one of world's greatest economic minds (snicker) could have prevented this (again...snicker)

11 posted on 05/07/2012 1:38:11 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: abb
"Several of the people who were laid off were minorities, including African Americans and Hispanics."

Headline: "World to End; Women, Minorities, Hardest Hit."

12 posted on 05/07/2012 1:38:13 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: libstripper

“The Slimes is in really bad financial trouble and is down to cutting the muscle and bone as well as the fat.”

I have a fine old bottle of Opus One ready to open when the Slimes finally goes bust. It will be interesting to see if the “trust fund” Sultzburger’s chase Pinch with a rope at the end of the day. He is such a dick!


13 posted on 05/07/2012 1:42:27 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: abb

I’m with a company that’s hired a lot writers in the past. We’ve had our experience with hiring journalists, and NEVER AGAIN!

Here’s what I can tell you about journalist majors:

1. A dime a dozen (we get a couple hundred resumes from journalists for a writer’s position)
2. Arrogant: Hate getting input. They already have their mind made up about how things should work.
3. Lazy: Journalists will commonly drag their butt in the office at 9:30, have a leisure bowl of cereal while reading the newspaper before finally starting to “work”.
4. Need I say they’re all very liberal?


14 posted on 05/07/2012 1:52:47 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: MNDude

I’ve had my own newsblog that covers several area local governments for three years and have “worked” alongside “real” journalists for that period of time. One other characteristic is their absolute disdain for financial statements or math of any kind.

Put a spreadsheet on the table in front of a “journalist,” and its as if he’s looking at Sanskrit.


15 posted on 05/07/2012 1:58:48 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

16 posted on 05/07/2012 2:25:12 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: abb

Still not so bad they have to report the truth.


17 posted on 05/07/2012 3:03:05 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: abb

let’em go, let’em go, let’em go


18 posted on 05/07/2012 4:07:45 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: abb

OWN lost $330 million??

On what?? Their programming is crap.


19 posted on 05/07/2012 4:09:13 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: abb

Pinch will be the last one out the door.


20 posted on 05/07/2012 6:00:50 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Loyal Buckeye
Pinch will be the last one out the door.

If he's not found in his office, after eating a snub-nose .38.

21 posted on 05/07/2012 6:05:35 PM PDT by okie01
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To: abb

Schadenfreude!


22 posted on 05/07/2012 6:42:32 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

Mrs. Kruggie on the left...


23 posted on 05/07/2012 6:44:13 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (How apropos...)
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To: abb

Great news!
I want everybody who works for the Democrat newsrooms to lose their jobs, their homes, their life savings, and their families. For the damage they have done to this nation they deserve nothing less.


24 posted on 05/07/2012 6:48:41 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: abb
Whatever. Time for Mexico Slim to foreclose and replace all the homosexual yuppies with Columbian prostitutes.
25 posted on 05/07/2012 6:50:56 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: abb
Hey this added to the financial report showing the Wapo in the red makes a nice start to the week.
26 posted on 05/08/2012 4:35:14 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: abb

The New York Times is horrible and anti-Tree.

Save trees.

Read news on FR.


27 posted on 05/08/2012 4:38:13 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("Fall Forward")
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To: abb; MNDude

“Innumerate” is the word you are looking for. Most journalists are in the category.


28 posted on 05/08/2012 5:18:58 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: abb

Kudos to NYT management for trimming the fat.


29 posted on 05/08/2012 7:04:41 AM PDT by nwrep
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To: FreedomPoster

Why, thank you! I always prided myself in having a relatively wide vocabulary, having been a voracious reader for nearly 60 years, but that is a new word for me.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/innumerate

in·nu·mer·ate
adj: marked by an ignorance of mathematics and the scientific approach


30 posted on 05/08/2012 7:17:56 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Reading the ABC release from March, the NYT is up 73% in subscribers primarily because of digital. Those digital subscribers must not be worth very much. Either that or the Ochs/Sulzbergers are wanting that dividend check again.


31 posted on 05/10/2012 7:57:57 PM PDT by MovementConservative (Go Mariners! 2013!)
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