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Wed Jan 25, 2023, 11:18 AM

Washington Post lays off 20 newsroom employees, shuts down gaming section

https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/24/business/washington-post-begins-layoffs



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The Washington Post on Tuesday became the latest media company to conduct layoffs, cutting 20 roles in a move that publisher Fred Ryan had indicated last month the newspaper would take in early 2023.

Sally Buzbee, executive editor of The Post, described the decision to cut the jobs as “difficult” in a memo to employees and disclosed that the newspaper had identified 30 open roles that it will no longer fill.

“While such changes are not easy, evolution is necessary for us to stay competitive, and the economic climate has guided our decision to act now,” Buzbee said. “We believe these steps will ultimately help us to fulfill our mission to scrutinize power and empower readers.”

The layoffs hit multiple departments at The Post, and included pulling the plug on Launcher, the newspaper’s gaming vertical that launched in 2019, a spokesperson for The Post said.

Spokespeople for The Post have stressed that the newspaper will not reduce headcount in 2023 as it will reallocate resources and invest in other areas.


I subscribe to WaPo to encourage good journalism. It's pretty cheap through Amazon Prime as a digital subscription. I don't have a kindle, just the website.

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Reply Washington Post lays off 20 newsroom employees, shuts down gaming section (Original post)
IronLionZion Jan 25 OP
JPK Jan 25 #1
Hekate Jan 25 #2
IronLionZion Jan 25 #3
Hekate Jan 25 #5
IronLionZion Jan 25 #8
awesomerwb1 Jan 25 #4
Rachel M at 6 pm Jan 25 #7
Rachel M at 6 pm Jan 25 #6

Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 11:50 AM

1. WaPo subscription

We have a digital subscription both with the Wa post and NY Times. Well worth it.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 11:50 AM

2. They cut "roles"? I am completely baffled by the use of the term for a newspaper job. ...

What am I missing?

The Washington Post on Tuesday became the latest media company to conduct layoffs, cutting 20 roles in a move that publisher Fred Ryan had indicated last month the newspaper would take in early 2023.

Sally Buzbee, executive editor of The Post, described the decision to cut the jobs as “difficult” in a memo to employees and disclosed that the newspaper had identified 30 open roles that it will no longer fill.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 11:59 AM

3. role, job, position, billet, FTE, all used interchangeably

it means they fired 20 people and decided not to hire 30 new people

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 12:15 PM

5. Okay, thanks. It just felt like a term more suitable to a Disneyland "cast member."

Live and learn

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Response to Hekate (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 01:56 PM

8. We all play our part in the show

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 11:59 AM

4. Did they lay off MAGA Haberman?

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Response to awesomerwb1 (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 12:55 PM

7. They didn't have to

Every publication Haberman has written for begins with "New York" (Post, Daily News, Times)

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 12:53 PM

6. All they had to do to keep my subscription...

...was not run an op-ed by a guest MAGA writer who claimed Trump has never done anything illegal

They failed

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