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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

    To all,

    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).

    Julia

    Rich Addicks
    Nancy Albritton
    Jim Auchmutey
    Kevin Austin
    Moni Basu
    Wendell Brock
    Tasgola Bruner
    Celine Bufkin
    Mary Civille
    Brenda Coglianese
    Larry Conley
    Holly Crenshaw
    Michael Dabrowa
    David Deckert
    Lea Donosky
    Kevin Duffy
    Gerdeen Dyer
    Joe Earle
    Sandy Eckstein
    Ginny Everett
    Louis Favorite
    Ron Feinberg
    Vivian Flagg
    Cathy Fox
    Clark Freeman
    Phil Gast
    Steve Harvey
    Robin Henry
    John Hollis
    Joey Ivansco
    Drew Jubera
    Phil Kloer
    Mike Knobler
    Montse Knowlton
    Pat Koester
    Conni Lawson
    George Leite
    Donna Lewis
    Rachel Lister
    Derrick Mahone
    Andy Miller
    Terence Moore
    Sonia Murray
    Doug Nurse
    Thomas Oliver
    Evelyn Ortega
    Michael Pearson
    Kay Powell
    John Reiter
    Susan Reu
    Frank Rizzo
    Holly Roseberry
    Pierre Ruhe
    Jennifer Ryan
    Chip Saye
    Paul Shea
    Stacy Shelton
    David Simpson
    Ben Smith
    Jim Smith
    Kim Smith
    Lewis Sturm
    Ron Taylor
    Jerome Thompson
    David Tulis
    Chuck Turlington
    Melissa Turner
    Steve Valk
    Omar Vega
    Reagan Walker
    Harold Weaver
    Gayle White
    Janine Williams
    Schauna Wright

     

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