The true cost of the buyouts
But the true loss of these fine people to a newspaper – and their communities – typically isn’t conveyed in the rote announcements that most papers dutifully print when many of their most senior staffers are ushered out the door.
The impact of this loss at one newspaper is conveyed quite poignantly in a video marking the departures of more than 70 staffers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution during its recent buyout. Together, the exiting staffers represent more than 1,000 years of service to the newspaper.
The video, which is called “A Farewell to Friends,” was distributed internally last week. You can view here. But readers won’t find it at AJC.Com.
UPDATE 9.6.08: And now the video is no longer available at the link above, either.