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N.Y. Times: Layoffs Would Include High-levels

The New York Times may be forced to lay off a number of editorial staff, including high-level editors, according to staff sources.

The speculation around the newsroom, first reported by New York Magazine’s Joe Hagan and confirmed by POLITICO, is that managing editor John Geddes, assistant managing editor Jim Roberts, dining editor Susan Edgerley, former Washington editor Rick Berke, and former Times Magazine editor Jerry Mazorati could all be casualties of the Times’ effort to cut costs.

In early December, executive editor Jill Abramson offered buyouts to staff in an effort to cut 30 newsroom positions, but said she would be “forced to go to layoffs” if they could not secure the necessary buyouts. So far, only culture editor Jonathan Landman and reporter Jacques Steinberg have publicly accepted the offer, though others have done so privately.

But sources at the Times say not all of those buyouts voluntary. One newsroom source told POLITICO that Landman told his staff that he was told to take a buyout.

“That’s one way Jill is reducing headcount and remaking the newsroom,” the source said. “But that’s not the only way. Some people are leaving entirely of their own accord.”

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