USA Today staffers toast dozens of colleagues who are departing after taking buyouts

John Waggoner, who wrote the crack above two weeks ago, is one of 50 or so USA Today employees who accepted the paper’s buyout and were toasted by colleagues yesterday. He tells readers today:

This is my last column for USA TODAY. My company has offered a generous buyout package for those of us who started writing when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and I’ve taken it. But I haven’t retired, and will be writing elsewhere.

Where will you be writing, John? I asked.

“Right now, I’m going to be decompressing and taking lots of walks with my dog,” he writes in an email. “After that, I’m going to try my hand at freelancing and see how that works out.”

* John Waggoner writes his final USA Today investment column (usatoday.com)
* Claudia Puig writes her final USA Today film review (adweek.com)
* Earlier: Good advice from USA Today’s money guy (jimromenesko.com)

New: USA Today Money desk is hit hard by buyouts (talkingbiznews.com)




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