In addition to the buyouts of five CQ Roll Call staffers announced Thursday, there have been layoffs of several other employees, FishbowlDC has learned.
A source familiar with the layoffs, who asked to speak on condition of anonymity, could not confirm the number of outgoing staffers but said it was “less than five.” We hear one person shown the door was staff photographer Chris Maddoloni, who won two awards earlier this year from the White House News Photographers Association. Maddolini did not return request for comment.
While the buyout package offered to staffers Thursday is believed to include roughly five months worth of pay (it depends on how long a staffer has been with the company), it is unclear if the laid off employees received any severance deal. Our source says laid off staffers at CQ Roll Call generally do receive something but it depends how long they’ve been with the company.
The layoffs are not related to the buyouts, according to the source. They are part of the long-term strategy CQ Roll Call, a company with about 400 employees, has adopted in shifting its resources from its print product to the digital side.
Update: A separate source, also speaking on condition of anonymity, contests the assertion that the layoffs are not related to the buyouts. This source says “at least one” of the staffers laid off was eligible for the buyout, but did not request it before being shown the door.
Update #2: Another layoff is Todd Kapner from the Advertising Dept., FishbowlDC has learned. A source tells us he did not receive the buyout.