‘Boston Globe’ Receives 23 Editorial and News Buyout Applications

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By: Joe Strupp

At least 23 newsroom and editorial staffers at The Boston Globe have submitted applications for a buyout, according to a memo from Editor Martin Baron that was first posted on the Poynter.org Romenesko site.

In the memo, Baron declines to identify those who chose to seek an early retirement package, stating: “While some of you may wish to see a list of those taking the buyout, I have chosen not to release one out of respect for employees who prefer not to have their names widely disseminated.

“We are losing talented people who have given many years of hard work and dedication to the Globe. Along with the difficulty of seeing admired friends and colleagues leave our newsroom, the overriding
feeling is one of appreciation and gratitude for their immense and wide-ranging contributions to the paper’s mission,” Baron writes. “Over the next few weeks, we will begin adjusting to the new staffing level. A handful of positions that we believe must be filled will be posted, and we anticipate filling almost all of them internally. That means new opportunities for staffers, but it may also mean some additional uncertainty. Apologies in advance for the inevitable disruption. I hope you’ll give us a little slack as we sort things out.”

The entire memo is posted below:

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To all:

Thank you for your patience throughout the buyout program, which we have now completed.

The Globe has accepted a total of 23 applications for buyouts from the newsroom and the staff of editorial writers. As you know, there have been additional staff reductions this year through other means, such
as ordinary departures and frozen positions. We have been able to avoid layoffs.

While some of you may wish to see a list of those taking the buyout, I have chosen not to release one out of respect for employees who prefer not to have their names widely disseminated.

We are losing talented people who have given many years of hard work and dedication to the Globe. Along with the difficulty of seeing admired friends and colleagues leave our newsroom, the overriding
feeling is one of appreciation and gratitude for their immense and wide-ranging contributions to the paper’s mission.

Over the next few weeks, we will begin adjusting to the new staffing level. A handful of positions that we believe must be filled will be posted, and we anticipate filling almost all of them internally. That
means new opportunities for staffers, but it may also mean some additional uncertainty. Apologies in advance for the inevitable disruption. I hope you’ll give us a little slack as we sort things out.

As positions are posted and you consider your own career interests, we invite you to think outside your current departments and job classifications.

We have gone through tough times, but our newsroom remains packed with talent. Our journalism remains strong. So many of you have been generous with your time, energy, and ideas in exploring ways to thrive in a new environment for all media. That process of reinvention continues in high gear, and we hope to be back in touch in a few weeks about the latest thinking and latest developments. Meantime, we can all look forward to more outstanding work.

Marty

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