New York Times Announces First Newsroom Layoffs "In Recent History," Enforces Hiring Freeze

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bill Keller announced moments ago in a memo that there will be layoffs at The New York Times. He wrote that it will not affect reporters, but a hiring freeze will be strictly enforced.

He wrote:

While we are committed to retaining our competitive muscle, we will be facing some tough choices about where to save. That is why I must tell you that there are going to be layoffs in the newsroom, for the first time in recent memory. The people who are affected are not journalists, but that does not make this news anyeasier to share.

A dozen positions will be eliminated immediately, including "a number of clerical and secretarial jobs" and management positions in administrative areas.

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