Newseum says it laid off 16

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The Newseum says it "eliminated 16 positions" this week.

The Gannett blog reported the Freedom Forum, which funds the Newseum, "laid off 20% of approximately 150 employees at the Washington museum and other programs financed by the foundation":

These are just the latest cuts since the museum opened in new quarters in 2008 that cost nearly double the original $250 million construction estimate.

In a statement sent to Poynter earlier Thursday, the Washington, D.C., museum says the cuts were part of a "restructuring," and that new hires will get the museum back to its pre-layoff staffing level. In a later statement, Freedom Forum CEO James Duff said " When the Newseum's restructure is complete, we will actually have more associates at the Newseum than before."

Duff was paid $1.6 million in 2011, Gannett Blog reports. The Newseum laid off 29 full-time staffers in 2009.

Correction: This post originally got James Duff's first name wrong.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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