City Desk

“Valentine’s Massacre” at Post Cuts at Least 40 Jobs

After cutting tuition reimbursement benefits and its cafeteria, the financially-troubled Washington Post has started cutting people in what looks to be the first layoffs of 2013.

Fishbowl D.C., which first reported yesterday's layoffs, has pegged the number of employees cut at 54. Politico says at least 40 people were let go. Either way, it's a lot. The layoffs came from the paper's business side, according to Politico, with others coming from its mobile department.

Since the layoffs happened on Feb. 14, they're easy to nickname. In a post on the Post union's Facebook page, an employee in the desktop publishing department described it grimly: "The valentine massacre has commenced."

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  • Typical DC BS

    Maybe the high six-figure "journalists" should have had their salaries cut down to enable some of those who lost their jobs to stay on board. But, that might require sacrifices from the upper levels, something The Post potentates love to demand from everyone else but themselves.

    I had to take a 20% pay cut a couple years ago to remain employed and help others remain at their job. Time for the overpaid bloviators at The Post to talk it like they walk it.

  • Peteykins

    And yet they keep Richard Cohen!

  • Corn Cobbler

    It really doesn't matter much anymore. The Post is too far gone. Soon Sally Quinn will be paying them to print her garbage and throwing in a "house specialty" to any takers.

    I'll bet Weymouth still has her chauffeur.

    Richard Cohen probably doesn't get paid much of anything. He is mostly a gigolo to Meshulim Riklas's daughter.

  • Loganite

    "From shirt sleeves to shirt sleeves in 3 generations"
    Donald Graham

  • Salar

    What I find amazing is how disastrous Katharine Weymouth's leadership of the Post has been, and the Board does nothing. And I'm not talking about how all print journalism is struggling because of the impact of the internet; I get that.

    For Katherine, that process was too slow. So she decided to offend half of her customer/subscriber base by turning this venerable newspaper into the ink & paper version of MSNBC. And she's still at it!

    Now she selling off the bricks and mortar too. By the time Ms. Weymouth is done giving the Washington Post "a more modern, bright, open and efficient building that better supports and advances our mission into
    the future,” the only employees left will be working on park benches across from the only people still getting the Post. But instead of reading it, they will using it to keep warm.

    I mean seriously, is anyone else watching this?

  • Northwesterner

    Name one newspaper that will survive this downturn. Newspapers will go the way of movie theaters, bowling alleys, poetry, horse racing and boxing. They MAY exist in the future, but not like we know them today. The only writers that matter ARE the stars. And people crowing about "six figure salaries?" You do know that a software programmer in Crystal City can get $100k 5 years into their job, right? Being a journalist is a volunteer position, not a paid position. Sorry that the world moved on without you, that can be painful or even heartbreaking, but stop complaining that it moved on.

  • Fan

    The contractual minimum pay for a fully experienced Washington Post reporter is roughly $55,000 a year. Very few staffers, if any, below senior managers are in the "high six-figure" range, and the ones who make the most are the veterans who have been targeted in multiple buyouts and layoffs. On the other hand, publisher Katharine Weymouth awarded herself a million-dollar bonus last year, no doubt for doing what she alone sees as a great job.