While I applaud the company for finding a humane, even generous, plan to reduce costs, I dread thinking of the experience and institutional knowledge that we will lose. I am also concerned that those who remember what the Free Press once was -- a dynamic newspaper with a landmark building, bureaus all over the world, scintillating columnists and page after page stuffed with fun and fascinating stories and features -- are disappearing. We're still doing great work, despite the challenges, but I shudder to think that for every new employee, the diminished Free Press of today will be considered the gold standard against which they measure the newspaper in the future.Elrick also wonders how the buyouts will affect diversity at the Free Press. Several news organizations, including The Washington Post, The Times-Picayune and the Philadelphia Daily News, have seen a decrease in newsroom diversity this year due to staff reductions.
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