Sad Sign of the Times

After a fewer-than-hoped-for seventy employees of The New York Times accepted buyouts from the paper by this Tuesday’s deadline, looks like the paper will now move to involuntary layoffs. Some thirty NYT editorial staff will likely be let go in the next ten days, the New York Post is reporting.

If the layoffs take place, they will be, the Post’s Keith Kelly notes, “the company’s first-ever mass firing of journalists in its 156-year history.”

Sigh.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.