Denver Post: If 15-20 newsroom staffers don't take buyout, layoffs could follow

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Greg Moore.
Yesterday afternoon, editorial employees at the Denver Post gathered for an all-newsroom meeting -- the sort at which good news is seldom shared. And as expected, the imparted information was grim.

Staffers were told that if at least fifteen-to-twenty of them -- up to 10 percent of the staff -- don't take a buyout offer, layoffs could follow.

No one could call this development unexpected. The economy remains in the doldrums, making the already challenging scenario faced by the journalism industry that much more difficult. Here at Westword, we understand the situation all too well. Two full-time positions were recently eliminated -- part of well over a dozen layoffs across the Village Voice Media chain, at publications such as the SF Weekly and City Pages in Minneapolis.

Meanwhile, the Post announced a 4 percent budget cut this past June, leading to page-count shrinkage in the feature and sports sections. And since then, more reporting has been directed toward the Internet.

Reached this morning via e-mail, Post editor Greg Moore confirms that the paper hopes fifteen to twenty people will "take the voluntary buyout." He adds, "I really can't say any more right now."

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The resignation of Greg Moore as Colorado Publish Manager is being released, on the argument of mess and rather ineptitude.  It lack of authority and everlasting inadequate selection has the Colorado.

D Milst
D Milst

Wasn't the deadline for the buyouts this week? What about an update Westword?

Ramblings
Ramblings

A contrast in unions:

At the Denver Post,  the union protects the older employees who are going to hang on by their fingernails to get as many 'real' paychecks as possible.  Failing anyone agreeing to a buyout, the most recent hires will get the shaft first (last hired, first fired)

Now over at the Symphony, the union work rules basically protect everyone and as a result, will bring the entire ship down all at once in order to protect everyone's salaries; kind of like a mass suicide. 

Go figure.

M R
M R

As is the case with many other of readership, a request and demand for the resignation of Greg Moore as Denver Post Editor is being issued, on the grounds of incompetence and just plain ineptitude.  His lack of leadership and perpetual poor decision making has the Denver Post on the fast track to disappearing completely within the next 18 to 30 months.

colforbin
colforbin

damn! you guys had to lay someone off? I thought all these weed ads paid for something.

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

Tough break for those affected, but given the Post's history of siccing its copyright trolls after bloggers for merely quoting its stories, I can't work up too much sympathy for the paper's financial troubles.

part-timer
part-timer

uh you don't have it exactly right. It's not the oldest employees but those who have been there the longest. There's a difference. Those who have the most seniority of service, the most in the game so to speak, are the ones protected most. Every union works that way.If there's any blood-letting, it's management's decision to do it, not the union's, which would much rather save every job possible.Now.....look at the bloated management table and maybe you'll see what's really going on.The Post has turned into a comedy and tragedy. Blame can be cast, I would bet on it, and not at the working stiff reporters who bust their butts.Forest Gump said it: Stupid is as stupid does.

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