Friday, October 23, 2015

Los Angeles Times buyout memo

From: Grad, Shelby
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 11:34 AM
To: yyMetro
Subject: An Update: Going Forward

As you know, Friday is the deadline to submit paperwork for the buyout. Some of you have asked questions about this and a few other things:
Submitting the buyout paperwork is non-binding. You can still decide not to take the buyout and stay after you submit it.
For those who accept the buyout, your last day will be in late November. In some cases, the paper might ask some employees to stay a bit later to help with the transition. But it’s unclear how many people with get this invitation, so you should assume going in that late November will be your end date.
Many of you are rightly wondering about how we are going to deal with the losses from the buyout. We are beginning to map that out now. And as I’ve said before, we are confident we can rebuild a Metro newsroom that continues to focus on agenda-setting journalism, watchdog reporting and aggressive coverage of California. It’s going to require us [sic]
Finally, we want to thank all of you for producing such stellar journalism during these tough times. The day-to-day storytelling remains so strong, from our Column Ones and digital breaking news coverage to the California section and newsletters (including our new one for politics). The firm of Abcarian, Banks, Lopez & Skelton continue to be at the center of the California conversation.
But we wanted to highlight some watchdog stories that ran over just the last two weeks:
*The #3 official in the Sheriff’s Department stepping down after we revealed his purchase of a stolen car.
*Tough science reporting that questioned Gov. Brown’s repeated linking of climate change and brush fires.
*An extensive examination of spending in the UC system that has generated much buzz on campuses and beyond.
*A data analysis revealing the grim toll high-speed police chases take on innocent bystanders.
*Our ongoing scrutiny of LAPD crime statistics found the department had undercounted crime for nearly a decade.
*L.A.’s passage of the nation’s tough quake laws, capping our extensive reporting on how the city has ignored the risks.
And this is just two weeks worth of work. As projects season approaches, we have a series of important pieces – investigative, narrative, explanatory – coming. Together, this is the strongest evidence we can submit that Metro will get through this.
Shelby, Mary Ann and Matt

h/t Kevin Roderick

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