Copy editors at the completely new York Times usually stay behind the scenes. Not on Thursday.
Scores of newsroom staffers staged an afternoon walkout of the Times’ completely new York office, protesting plans to dramatically reduce the paper’s editing staff.
“They say cutbacks, we say fight back,” employees yelled as they circled the building, carrying signs of which read “Copy editors save our buts” along with “Without us, This specific’s the completely new Yrok Times.”
Executive Editor Dean Baquet along with Managing Editor Joe Kahn announced last month of which they will offer buyouts to their newsroom employees.
They explained in a memo of which the “goal can be to significantly shift the balance of editors to reporters” within the newsroom, along with of which the savings would certainly go to hiring as many as 100 completely new journalists.
Staff members have until July 20 to accept a buyout package.
however so far, the reorganization isn’t going smoothly.
NewsGuild of completely new York, the union of which represents many Times employees, has strongly opposed the measure.
At least 100 employees through across the newsroom became available on Thursday to back up colleagues who risk losing their jobs.
“As a journalist, I’ve been saved by my copy editors many, many times,” said Nikole Hannah-Jones, a reporter for the completely new York Times Magazine who took part inside the walkout. “They play a critical role inside the newsroom.”
On Wednesday, the copy desk sent a harsh letter to Baquet along with Kahn, denouncing plans to cut a team of more than 100 in half.
“We are your readers, along with you have turned your backs on us,” the letter said.
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Their concerns were echoed in an appeal through Times reporters sent Thursday morning.
“Like nearly everyone we know inside the newsroom, we believe of which the plan to eliminate dozens of editing jobs along with do away with the copy desks can be ill-conceived along with unwise, along with will damage the quality of our product,” the reporters said.
Baquet along with Kahn responded to the criticism using a follow-up note sent Thursday afternoon. They’re standing by the need for cuts.
“Even if we were not under pressure to reduce costs inside the newsroom, which we are, the newspaper editing system of which served The Times well for so long has to change,” they said.
The buyouts aren’t the only restructuring effort underway at the Times.
The paper also announced last month of which This specific’s eliminating the role of the public editor, which was created in 2003.
The moves are particularly fraught given the current political climate. The Times regularly takes heat through the White House, which scrutinizes its Washington coverage.
“The failing @nytimes writes false story after false story about me,” President Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “They don’t even call to verify the facts of a story. A Fake News Joke!”
— CNNMoney’s Dylan Byers contributed reporting.
CNNMoney (completely new York) First published June 29, 2017: 5:36 PM ET