Westword's Michael Roberts reported yesterday on The Denver Post's announcement that it plans to offer buyouts another 26 journalists:
If this reduction is realized, the Post's newsroom will have lost more than a third of its workers in around a year.
As we reported in June 2015, there were approximately 165 newsroom members when the Post announced its previous buyout offer. By the end of that July, twenty people were gone -- nineteen voluntarily, one via layoff.
The staff diminution has continued since then. The Denver Business Journal reports that there are about 130 people in the newsroom at present. Take 26 people away from that total and the Post's newsroom will barely be over the century mark.
Can you imagine the sadness and frustration you'd feel if you worked at The Post right about now? It's bad enough to watch from the outside.
Former Post Editor Greg Moore told me last month that the economic troubles expedited his own departure from the newspaper, and how can you blame him or any of the reporters who decide to take the buyout and depart now.
Still, today's newspaper was full of admirable reporting on a wide range of topics. That pretty much says it all about what we have and what we'll lose.