BNOnews has a letter from New York Times executive editor Bill Keller announcing that 100 newsroom positions will be cut at the title by the end of the year.
In the letter Keller says voluntary buyouts will be offered before any lay-offs are made.
The editor also points out that pay cuts, budget cuts and redundancies in other departments have been made to protect the newsroom from this eventuality so far.
“I won’t pretend that these staff cuts will not in some ways diminish our journalism, or that they will not add to the burdens of journalists whose responsibilities have grown faster than their compensation. But we’ve been looking hard at ways to minimise the impact – in part, by re-engineering some of our copy flow. I won’t promise this will be easy or painless, but I believe we can weather these cuts without seriously compromising our commitment to coverage of the region, the country and the world. We will remain the single best news organisation on earth,” he writes.