More Than 400 Staffers Participated in The New York Times' Newsroom Walkout

Protesting deep cuts to the copy desk

Build your own seamless purchase experience at Commerceweek, February 28-29. Gain strategies for consumer retention with immersive touchpoints, AI innovation and storytelling. Register now at 35% off.

More than 400 New York Times staffers kept their word and participated in a walkout to show solidarity with colleagues from the newspaper’s copy desk, which is facing cuts.

The protest began at 3 p.m. ET sharp in front of the building’s West 40th Street entrance in Midtown Manhattan. Participants walked one block uptown on Eighth Avenue before ending up at the Times’ West 41st Street entrance, where the remainder of the event took place.

Slogans including “They say cutbacks, we say fight back,” and “no editors, no peace” were chanted off-and-on for roughly 15 minutes.

Staffers held up signs with a variety of phrases, including “Our editors make The Times, The Times”; “Keep photo editors in the picture”; “This sign wsa not edited” (intentionally misspelled); and “Invest in us.”

The paper has offered buyouts to a number of editors this month, including Liz Spayd, who was named public editor in May 2016 and was...



Subscribe today!

To Read the Full Story Become an Adweek+ Subscriber

View Subscription Options

Already a member? Sign in