Although we have a week before the deadline for the voluntary buyouts at The New York Times, some information about who is planning to take the deals are already starting to leak out.
Michael Calderone at Politico reports today that Washington, D.C.-based Times reporters Stephen Labaton and Neil Lewis are planning to take the buyouts.
Calderone reports that Labaton, a senior writer with 23 years of experience at the paper, doesn’t expect to work in journalism after leaving the Times. Lewis told his fellow staffers that his future plans involve teaching a course at Duke Law School while still writing obituaries for the Times on a contract basis and “exploring other writing opportunities,” according to Calderone.
The Times‘ executive editor Bill Keller announced last month that the paper needed to layoff 100 newsroom staffers and was seeking voluntary buyouts as the first phase of the job cuts. Employees were given 45 days to decide on the buyout offers, and we’re expecting more names of takers to start rolling in soon. Know anything? Send us an email or leave an anonymous tip in the box on the right.
NYT’s Labaton, Lewis taking buyouts –Politico
Previously: Memo: Times To Layoff 100 Newsroom Staffers