No Reporters, Columnists Leaving ProJo

There are no reporters or columnists among the nine Providence Journal staffers who took buyouts on Friday, according to John Hill, a reporter and president of the Providence Newspaper Guild.

Hill did not have a complete list in front of him when we spoke this afternoon and declined to release any names because the employees had not yet given him permission to do so. But he said the departures include at least three advertising representatives, and in the newsroom, some combination of copy desk and support staff.

Two non-union employees were also among the nine, he said.

When it announced the buyout option, the ProJo indicated that it wanted to shed at least eight employees - targeting one reporter, one copy editor, one photographer, one editorial assistant, and four advertising representatives. If fewer than eight had taken the buyout, the paper was prepared to lay off workers.

There is some relief, in the newsroom, that layoffs were not required. But the buyouts have still created uneasiness for a rank-and-file that hoped stability would come to the paper after a prolonged period of declining advertising revenue and circulation.

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