After layoffs last week completed the 100 newsroom cuts executive editor Bill Keller promised earlier this year, it looks like New York Times staffers can finally rest easy and welcome the New Year with a celebratory toast.
On Friday, Keller sent a memo to his employees, promising “there is no further newsroom staff cut planned or foreseen, no ‘next round’ on the agenda.” What’s more, furloughs and the pay cuts taken by staffers this past year will become a thing of the past, so those remaining at the Times will be in the newsroom and working, and being paid as much as they were at the beginning of the year. It may have taken all year, but there is finally some good news to be had in the newspaper industry.
Keller also promised some reorganization of the newsroom, particularly the copy desk, in order to fill holes left from buyouts and layoffs. First on the agenda: the national and foreign desks’ copy editors will be combined next month, while the temporary combination of the travel and styles departments will become permanent, Keith Kelly reported.
Although Keller did add that there are “no guarantees” about the future at the Gray Lady, it looks like surviving Times-ers have a lot to celebrate this holiday season.
Read the whole memo here.
Previously: Layoffs Hit New York Times