An internal memo circulated yesterday to St. Louis Post-Dispatch
employees indicates that some of the staffers who were laid off
could get their jobs back if others resign or retire by January 21.
offered a similar deal
when it let go of people last fall, and reporters Christine Byers
and Patrick M. O'Connell
were both able to be "rehired."
Yesterday's memo, penned by Arnie Robbins
and Pam Maples
, the local daily's executive editor and managing editor, respectively, also notes that several budgets (wire services, travel, freelance) have been cut, and reports that the paper's Nexis
subscription has been terminated. (Nexis is a subscription service providing journalists access to a huge digital archive of newspaper and magazine articles, not to mention public records. I, for one, can't imagine not having access to it.)
See the full memo after the jump.
Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2009
It has been a very rough day. We eliminated 14 newsroom positions Thursday.
We eliminated the positions of four full-time copy editors (Sharon
Fuller, Amy Verkamp-McCarthy, Ted Rodgers, Michael Florio), two
members of the Editorial Department (Eric Mink and Annette
Reavling), three editors (Cameron Hollway, Tim Poor and Sandy
Wood), one news aide (Susan Luberda), three online news producers
(Lisa Godoski, Neil Joellenbeck, Kimberly Ratliff) and one photo
assistant (Dennis Sweeso).
Under the Guild contract, Guild staff members with more seniority in
the classifications affected can volunteer to retire if eligible or
resign and, in effect, take the place of those whose positions were
eliminated. Please contact Gwen Jacobsen or Bruce Benson in HR by
Wednesday, Jan. 21 if you are interested in volunteering to leave. If
you are in a different classification but interested in retiring or
resigning, contact Gwen or Bruce and we will consider your request.
To preserve as many positions as possible, we also made substantial
cuts to our budget: in travel, freelance, syndicates, wire services,
and by eliminating Nexis. But as you know, it continues to be a
difficult time for our industry and the Post-Dispatch, and an equally
We are sorry to have to give you this unpleasant news so early in the New Year.
-- Pam and Arnie
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