The Minneapolis Star Tribune announced today a force reduction of 44 in its newsroom, mostly through voluntary buyouts, which comes on the heels of 24 who left three months ago:
Another round of goodbyes — the second in three months — began at the Star Tribune on Tuesday as the paper prepared to send 44 newsroom employees out the door with buyouts, most of them voluntary.
Longtime reporters, a photographer, editors and support staff who covered some of the state’s biggest stories during the past three decades said they were leaving to retire, go online or write elsewhere.
“I remember when I was in my late 20s I was impatient for people in their late 50s to get the hell out of the way,” said reporter Chuck Haga, among the people who will leave the paper June 15. “So now I’m getting the hell out of the way for youngsters.”
Except there aren’t any youngsters being hired to take his place. This is a straight reduction.