RD Recap: Buyouts at the NYT; Hires at the Washington Post

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

The New York Times will offer buyouts to 1,100 staffers in an effort to trim the budget and refocus its efforts on the digital landscape. “These plans will no doubt lead to new initiatives and investments,” Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and executive editor Dean Baquet wrote in a memo. “At the same time, we will also need to make tough decisions about what to stop doing. Wherever we can reduce costs without damaging the values, and value, of Times journalism, we will do so.” In another memo (so many memos!), Baquet said that there wouldn’t be layoffs, and while there’s no reason to doubt that statement, it’s impossible to know if it’s truly the case…

The Washington Post moves Ruth Marcus a deputy editorial page editor, where she’ll oversee “bylined opinion content, digital and in print.” She’s been on the editorial board since 2003 and will continue to write a weekly column focused on American politics and policy. WaPo also snags columnist Stuart Rothenberg, who left Roll Call after accusing the publication of “chasing the story of the day.” And Megan Chan joins the Post from Politico. She’ll be director of digital operations… The Telegraph Media Group chops a large contingent of jobs as it seeks to improve finances… The Wall Street Journal hires Tomio Geron and Alec Davis for its WSJ Pro subscription services. They come from Forbes and MarketWatch, respectively… And there are changes at Mic, Surface Media and more