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AJC makes it official: 74 more writers, photographers take voluntary buyout
Julia Wallace, editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, today announced names of 74 newsroom employees who will take a voluntary buyout.
Each will receive two weeks’ pay for every year of service, with a maximum of 52 weeks.
There are many award-winning photographers and writers here.
They include Gayle White, Jim Auchmutey, Andy Miller, Louie Favorite, Joey Ivansco, Moni Basu, Drew Jubera and Rich Addicks.
White was the Templeton Foundation’s 2002 Religion Writer of the Year.
Miller’s 2007 series (produced with staff writer Alan Judd) on abuses in Georgia’s mental health system, “A Hidden Shame,” prompted a federal investigation and, perhaps, critical reforms.
The AJC has now reduced its newsroom staff by about 200 through voluntary buyouts since the spring of 2007. Dozens of other jobs were eliminated through attrition.
The newspaper also laid off 48 part-timers this month, as well as at least 15 full-timers, including all of its graphic artists and news researchers.
Before the buyouts began in 2007, the newroom had roughly 475 full-time employees.
Here is Julia’s memo to the newsroom:
Subject: the vsp list
It is a sobering and impressive list, filled with wonderful and brilliant talent. One of the spectacular components of this newsroom is the deep and varied talent.
This list confirms that. Photographers who never shoot a bad photo. Reporters who break story after story. Copy editors and editors who make those stories better.
Producers and channel managers who understand digital audiences and what they want.
Great people. Great work. We will miss you all.
Here is the list [a few people asked not to be named).