The effects of the Star Ledger buyouts are becoming apparent as the paper circulates information about which reporters and photographers will stay on at the paper: Buyout-Depleted ‘Star-Ledger’ Reassigns Two Journos — To Mailroom.
When a newspaper cuts its staff, those who remain in the depleted newsroom become valuable. But as The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. slowly says farewell to 151 newsroom folks who took buyouts last month, at least two longtime journalists have been reassigned to the mailroom.
Reporter Jason Jett and Assistant Deputy Photo Editor Mitchell Seidel have been filing, sorting, and delivering mail for more than a week, according to sources.
In the end, the buyouts were met, with 151 of the newsroom’s 330 staffers taking them, along with other non-newsroom employees. In recent weeks, news folks have been leaving little by little, with all of those taking buyouts expected to depart by the end of the year.
The Daily Newarker previously reported the loss of coverage in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, will be significant, given the loss of reporters like Jeff Mays, Katie Wang and Joan Whitlow.