D.C.’s Newseum Cuts 29 Staffers

By Andrew Gauthier 

Washington Post

The Newseum, one of Washington’s newest attractions, has trimmed its staff for the second time since reopening in its new, larger location on Pennsylvania Avenue NW in April 2008.

In the latest round of dismissals, which took place late last month, the Newseum eliminated 29 full-time positions, or 13 percent of personnel. It has now reduced its staff by 23 percent overall.

“The cuts are spread throughout the organization, but should not affect the experience of museum visitors,” said Kenneth Paulson, the museum’s president. He added there were “minor cutbacks” within the floor staff, the workers who interact most with visitors.

Many museums in Washington, where the majority of the large attractions are subsidized by the government, have suffered from the fallout of the recession. In the Newseum’s case, Paulson said, fundraising was the hurdle. More…