Washington Post Staffers Shout at CEO After Layoffs Introduced

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  • A video reveals Washington Post staffers shouting on the firm’s CEO at a city corridor assembly.
  • Fred Ryan mentioned extra layoffs would occur early subsequent 12 months and left with out answering questions.
  • Last month, 11 staffers have been laid off, together with 10 from the journal and a dance critic.

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A video posted on Twitter reveals Washington Post staffers shouting at CEO Fred Ryan after he introduced impending layoffs on the firm’s all-employee city corridor on Wednesday.

Annie Gowen, a nationwide correspondent at The Washington Post, shared the video displaying Ryan strolling away as staffers requested questions after Ryan introduced layoffs would come within the first quarter of subsequent 12 months. Gowen mentioned the video is from a colleague, and she or he took it from the Washington Post Guild’s chat.

—Annie Gowen (@anniegowen) December 14, 2022

“We’re not going to show the city corridor right into a grievance session for The Guild,” Ryan might be heard saying. 

Another staffer asks Ryan what he’ll do “to guard individuals’s jobs,” and if laid-off workers “are going to be handled just like the journal staffers have been.”

Ryan replied that the corporate may have extra info because it strikes ahead, then left amid different staffers’ questions.

Last month, 10 staffers from the Post’s Sunday Magazine have been laid off after the corporate determined to cease publishing it. The paper additionally laid off Pulitzer Prize-winning dance critic Sarah Kaufman. The staffers weren’t supplied different roles on the Post.

At the city corridor, Ryan mentioned job cuts will most likely be within the “single-digit share.” He additionally mentioned The Post would add new jobs to exchange the eradicated positions that have been “not serving readers.”

Ryan didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark.

In an e-mail to workers after the assembly, Ryan mentioned the layoffs “by no means alerts that we’re scaling again our ambitions,” however that “The Post can not preserve investing assets in initiatives that don’t meet our prospects’ wants.”

Dylan Byers wrote in his In The Room publication for Puck, that he was instructed The Post’s union is drafting a letter of no confidence in Ryan, and tons of of workers are anticipated to signal it. Byers additionally wrote that rhe Post has been dropping subscribers and advert income since President Trump misplaced a second time period and government editor Marty Baron retired. 

Ryan’s feedback within the city corridor may have been restricted by typical protocols relating to communications exterior of a proper assembly with union representatives. 

“Members of the Washington Post Guild are outraged on the unceremonious announcement of layoffs at immediately’s so-called city corridor led by our writer, Fred Ryan,” The Washington Post Guild management mentioned in an announcement on Wedneday.

Guild management mentioned Ryan’s “conduct is unacceptable from any chief, however particularly the chief of a information group whose core values embrace transparency and accountability.”

“The Washington Post is evolving and reworking to place our enterprise in the perfect place for future progress,” Kathy Baird, chief communications officer at The Washington Post, mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday. “We are planning to direct our assets and spend money on protection, merchandise, and folks in service of offering excessive worth to our subscribers and new audiences. As a end result, a variety of positions can be eradicated. We anticipate will probably be a single digit share of our worker base, and we are going to finalize these plans over the approaching weeks. This won’t be a internet discount in Post headcount.” 

Baird added that the corporate will proceed investing in 2023. 

This story has been up to date to incorporate the assertion from The Washington Post Guild management.

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