Staffers at Times-Picayune, other Newhouse papers learn of their employment future

UPDATE: I’m told that half the Times-Picayune news staff is being let go.

At meetings that started early this morning, Times-Picayune staffers learn whether they’ve lost their jobs or will be offered new positions. “Two sources have told Gambit that severance for fired employees will be calculated at 1.5 weeks for every year of service, capped at one year’s compensation,” writes Kevin Allman. “At least three very familiar newsroom names, including award winners, have said they intend to take severance and/or don’t expect to be invited to join NOLA Media Group.”

* The axe prepares to fall at the Times-Picayune (The Gambit)
* Birmingham News employees to learn if they have a future with the paper (
* New Orleans clamors for its newspaper (
* Gail Shister: “I think of New Orleans often, always with deep affection.” (
* Rolling the dice at the Times-Picayune (The Nation)