Notes from the Washington Post newsroom meeting

Here’s what Washington Post staffers were told about the just-announced buyouts at this morning’s newsroom meeting:

Staffers who aren’t eligible for the buyout: National politics, National enterprise, National security, Foreign, the Sports columnists, Capital Business, the Style critics, digital designers, graphic designers, Outlook and Weekend.

Those who qualify: Business, Metro, the Magazine, Style, news designers and copy editors on the Universal desk.

Editors didn’t disclose exact numbers. About 200 positions are eligible.

The buyout is limited to the newsroom. If enough people don’t take the buyout, the paper will continue to eliminate through attrition. The offer is available to all age groups.

The buyout will come as a one-time lump sum. Those who take it cannot return on a full-time basis. Upper management reserves the right to reject any volunteer offers.

Executive editor Marcus Brauchli noted that this will be an expensive year considering the election and the Olympics.

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  1. Ira T said:

    I’m confused. Does this mean the Post is justifying laying off local reporters so it can afford to cover the Olympics as a gain?