Photograph by Jay Mather
Sacramento Bee cuts work force another 7%
By Dale Kasler - firstname.lastname@example.org
Under continued pressure to reduce costs, The Bee cut its work force on Wednesday by another 7 percent, this time through voluntary buyouts.
The Bee said 87 full- and part-time employees accepted a buyout offer that followed a previous round of layoffs and attrition in June that shrank the staff by 8 percent.
The buyouts went to 23 newsroom employees.
It wasn't clear whether that's the end of the staff cuts. At the time buyouts were offered, Publisher and President Cheryl Dell said more layoffs were possible if there weren't enough takers.
She said on Wednesday the paper won't know for a couple of weeks if the buyouts did the trick.
"I know there's anxiety with not having an answer today," she said.
The newspaper industry has been hobbled by the economic slump and competition from the Internet, prompting layoffs at almost every chain.
The facts of the story don't tell the whole story. No one who is leaving the place where they poured their heart and soul into is named. It is those people with their own lives, families, problems and promises for a better future who need to be recognized for what they did to make Sacramento a fine place to live and be informed about the world around them. David Barton compiled most of the list and I added several more. Most of these journalists, including three Pulitzer Prize recipients, worked decades at the Bee and none would have imagined their careers ending or being drastically altered in the free fall that the newspaper industry is enduring. I worked with virtually everyone on this list at some point in my 20 years at the Bee. The names include those who have left in the past few years or so. Good luck my friends.
Nancy Weaver Teichert
Patricia Beach Smith