By: Joe Strupp
As many as 35 of the Boston Herald’s 145 unionized newsroom staffers have either left or will soon depart, The Boston Globe reports.
The departures come several months after Herald publisher Patrick Purcell revealed he was seeking large newsroom cuts to save about $7 million at the tabloid, the Globe said.
Most of those who are leaving have reportedly applied for a buyout, and several others were laid off. The Globe also noted that about 10 to 12 of the Herald’s 52 nonunion newsroom staff, including some editors and columnists, will have departed by the end of June. A small number of employees also have quit voluntarily.
Among those who have departed or will soon leave are; sports editor Mark Torpey, executive arts editor Joel Brown, food editor Jane Dornbusch, book review editor Rosemary Herbert, Sunday editor Eric Norment, deputy managing editor for news Jim MacLaughlin, and senior executive city editor Mike Bello, the Globe said. Former Globe columnist Mike Barnicle, who joined the Herald in 2004, and Op-Ed columnist Beverly Beckham are also leaving.
The Herald has instituted other changes to save money, including the use of more stories from non-union staffers at the Herald’s Community Newspaper Co., and trading articles with The Union Leader in Manchester, N.H.