This week’s Washington Post layoffs were all on the business side


The Washington Post has laid off 54 people, Betsy Rothstein reports.

We’re told those given pink slips include Beth Jacobs, General Manager of Mobile, and Ken Dodelin, Director of Mobile Products. Sources say the entire Mobile Product Management and IT Project Management staffs have been eliminated.

Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti declined to comment to Poynter.

In a memo obtained by Rothstein, Chief Information Officer and product-development honcho Shailesh Prakash said affected employees “will have the opportunity to participate in a Separation Incentive Program that will include both separation payments and a company contribution to be used towards health insurance premiums.”

A source there told me the cuts were contained to the business side of the paper and didn’t take place on Valentine’s Day. That person didn’t know how many people were affected by the layoffs, though.

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  • acidhorsea

    And I thought the cuts at WSJ were bad. Why kill-off the mobile people?

  • Steve Outing

    There’s much not clear about why the mobile folks were let go, so this may make sense to the Post in a way that’s not clear to outsiders. But Mobile in general is an area where there should be growth and innovation for any news organization, not layoffs.