Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Olympian to cut 4, no involuntary layoffs

The Olympian:
Four more newsroom employees will leave The Olympian next week after accepting buyout offers from the company, president and publisher John Winn Miller announced to about 40 employees Friday afternoon.

No layoffs were announced Friday. Since June, 21 Olympian employees have accepted a buyout or been laid off. Eight of those employees worked in the newsroom.

The names of the employees involved in the latest round of buyouts were not disclosed to respect their privacy, Miller said. Their last day is Oct. 3.

Miller told employees who had gathered around him in the newsroom that The Olympian is doing better financially than other newspapers in McClatchy Co. but said he couldn’t make any promises about the future.
The paper is pushing its advertising and circulation departments to drive revenue and it recently launched Vitality411 — http://theolympian. — a new health care Web site, Miller said.

“We’re not just playing defense; we’re trying to play offense as much as possible,” he said.

Managing editor Jerry Wakefield concluded the meeting by reminding everyone of how important journalism is.

“You should take great pride in what you do, because I certainly do every day,” he said.

The Olympian has about 180 workers, so the cuts announced Friday are well below the company-wide target of 10 percent. The paper eliminated 17 jobs in June.

Former executive editor Vickie Kilgore retired earlier this month.
Prediction: McClatchy will regionalize newspapers
The Olympian reduces work hours, offers buyouts to 38 employees

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Three weeks after all newsroom employees and a handful of others at the Tri-City Herald were offered voluntary buyouts, today publisher Rufus Friday finally announced four people were accepted for voluntary buyouts and four were laid off involuntarily. This is in addition to nine who were laid off involuntarily in June.