Things are a-changin’ mighty quickly over at The New York Times. Less than two weeks ago the paper announced that CEO Janet Robinson would be stepping down at the end of this month. Shortly after, we were also hearing about the prospective sale of the Regional Media Group, which houses a number of local papers. That has just been made final.
These developments have been coupled with news that a number of veteran reporters have taken buyouts with more cuts made. It’s all become a little too much for employees, who have posted an open letter to Arthur Sulzberger Jr. expressing their “profound dismay at several recent developments.” Issues including pensions and new contracts are addressed in the letter.
“There were people who wanted to storm Arthur Sulzberger’s office. There were people who wanted to stage a walkout,” Bill O’Meara, president of the New York Newspaper Guild, told The Huffington Post.
Transition is always difficult, particularly when you’re steering a big ship like the NYT. The paper is very focused on digital, a continued effort for the company. Moreover, this is a time of continued turmoil in the newspaper industry, with papers still making deep cuts.
On the bright side, Tom Bodkin has been named deputy managing editor. Congrats to him. And it turns out all those emails people have been getting about their subscriptions being canceled were spam.* Let’s see how long this parody feed lasts.
*Update: Times reporter Amy Chozick is reporting that the emails were meant to go to 300 people and was accidentally sent to eight million.