RD Recap: Cuts Come to The Boston Globe; Changes at AP

The latest media hirings and firings.

The Boston Globe becomes the latest major American newspaper to go through layoffs, with at least 10 staffers reportedly saying goodbye. Another dozen or so will take voluntary buyouts as the publication seeks to cut costs and focus on the digital space. (Where have we heard that before? Oh right, everywhere.) It’s the second year in a row that reductions have come and it’s part of a larger effort to simplify the copy desk and web production. “It will mean that most stories will get fewer reads, placing more responsibility on reporters and line editors to make sure they’re in good shape,” editor Brian McGrory wrote in a July staff memo. “It means that rather than a copy desk, we will have a multiplatform production desk where stories are copy edited, posted on line, perhaps placed in the social stream, and later set on pages for print.”…

The Associated Press moves Baghdad bureau chief Vivian Salama to deputy political editor. “In addition to strong reporting and writing, she is a talented editor, exceptionally skilled at identifying and pulling distinctive reporting angles out of the chaos of daily spot news,” AP Washington bureau chief Sally Buzbee said… The AP also transfers Matt Sedensky to the national reporting team. He had been the West Palm Beach correspondent… The New York Daily News loses Tina Moore, who is off to the New York Post. She had been on the NYPD beat… Read More