Fifteen editorial staffers from The Chicago Sun-Times took buyouts Friday, Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk has confirmed.
The news was first reported by Robert Feder.
According to Feder, the staffers will receive 20 weeks of severance pay and “be gone from the Sun-Times newsroom by Monday.” Among the employees taking buyouts are the four Sun-Times photographers who were rehired in March after being laid off in 2013 with the rest of the Sun-Times photography department.
In February, Feder wrote the Sun-Times planned to cut between 12 and 15 jobs, more than one-fifth of the paper’s guild-affiliated newsroom staff. At the beginning of February, the paper laid off two video producers.
Wrapports LLC, the parent company of the Sun-Times, has undergone big changes in recent months. The company confirmed the sale of 38 newspapers to Tribune publishing in October. Also in October, it announced a network of local news sites offering “content in a manner similar to websites such as Deadspin and Buzzfeed.”