‘Columbus Dispatch’ and ‘Sun-Sentinel’ Announce Buyout Offers

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By: Joe Strupp

It appears that another 40 newspaper jobs will be lost soon as The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and The Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. announced plans for buyouts this week.

The Sun-Sentinel made the first move on Monday in a memo to staff from Editor Earl Maucker. The note, first posted on the Poynter.org Romenesko site, said that the paper was offering buyouts to staffers who are 55 or older and have 10 years of service at the paper. He is seeking no more than 15 takers, the memo noted.

“During the past few months, I’ve had a number of newsroom employees ask about the possibility of an early retirement or voluntary separation package, so we are going to accept applications,” Maucker said in the memo.

Today, the Dispatch told readers about a buyout for up to 25 workers in its “news-gathering division.” A short item in today’s editions stated that “the voluntary program, announced yesterday, would help bring expenses from the news-gathering operations in line with revenues. Newspapers across the country have been grappling with slipping advertising revenue, driven by slowness in the real-estate and automotive sectors as well as retail consolidation.”

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