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About 20 Washington Times staffers were laid off by editor David Jackson and CEO Larry Beasley Friday, Erik Wemple reports. The cuts hit the photo department hard, he writes:
One person asked Jackson and Beasley how the paper would manage with what would now be a threadbare photo department. The answer was that the Times would have to be resourceful and perhaps use wire photos when available. More standard, depressing newspaper-downsizing talk, in other words.
Washington City Paper’s Will Sommer writes that Times staffer Steve Repsher has now been laid off twice by the Times – during the paper’s 2009 layoffs and again today.
Some staffers have tweeted they’ve been let go:
Can go ahead and cross “live tweeting while being fired” off the bucket list.
— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) January 4, 2013
(That’s from Patrick Stevens, who covered University of Maryland athletics; his bio page has been wiped from the Times’ site.)
Sadly, today is my last day at The Washington Times. But, the Capitals coverage will continue on.
— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) January 4, 2013
(Web Editor Ted Starkey, doinked from Times’ site, too.)
Deputy Editor for Op-eds Anneke Green quit in December via an email that called the Times “the most unprofessional and dishonest organization I have ever encountered,” Betsy Rothstein reports. Strangely, her page on the paper’s website is still up.