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TWT Layoffs Hitting Now

Breaking: The TWT purge has officially begun. A source tells FishbowlDC that Managing Editor-Print David Jones, Dep. Managing Editor-News Geoff Etnyre and writer Barbara Slavin are among the folks who have already received layoff notice. The rest of the staff will receive letters at 3.30 pm to learn if they will have jobs beyond tomorrow. So far, we’ve only heard that Chris Dolan and Carleton Bryant have been retained.

Update: Add Kara Rowland to the “safe” list but we hear that Liz Glover and Stephanie Green were sacrificed.

We’ll continue to update as we learn more.

Update: Jill Badanes, TWT’s online anchor who writes, presents, and edits the daily “Morning Briefing” video also got the pink slip today.

Update: The entire TWT photo department all lost their jobs save for Joe Eddins, an editor and shooter, and another department desk editor.

Update: The entire sports section of the newspaper is no longer being produced.

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WaPo Re-org: The CliffsNotes

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Yesterday, WaPo Media President and General Manager Steve Hills treated staffers to a PowerPoint deck and novella memo that outlined the company’s organizational changes for 2010.

The very long and detailed email (after the jump) announced seemingly minor rearrangements of the current org chart, a few promotions and a couple new roles. My 15 sec. summary:

Gregg Fernandes was promoted to Vice President, Circulation. The Marketing Managers, who support WaPo’s Advertising business, will report to a newly created role – Director, Advertising Marketing. That position will be filled by an existing Marketing Manager and will report to Ken Babby, VP, Advertising. Mike Shenk and his team, Marketing Creative Services, will join Advertising Operations. David Jones and the Community Relations team now report to Kris Coratti, Director, Public Relations. Laura Evans will take on an expanded role of Director, Marketing Research and Analytics as she assumes responsibility for the Digital analytics team and Nick Findlay will assume a new role as the Director, Retention Marketing.

All changes are effective Jan. 1, 2010. The full memo after the jump.

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TWT‘s Slevin Addresses Miniter Allegations

This evening, Jonathan Slevin, TWT‘s acting publisher addressed staff via memo about accusations of discrimination, an EEOC complaint filed by Richard Miniter and rumors about the pub in the “blogosphere.”

In the memo, Slevin requests of his staff, “that during this time of transition you read certain newspaper and blog reports about this organization with a discerning eye.”

If I may be so bold…I’d like to suggest that TWT begins communicating with their staff and the journalists that cover their organization less than two business days after scandalous stories about the paper hit the Web. I mean, really?

Memo obtained by FishbowlDC after the jump.

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TWT Newsroom Panics After Solomon Resigns

Following the resignation of Washington Times Executive Editor John Solomon this evening, TWT Managing Editor David Jones addressed his staff via the below memo. Jones says that the newsroom will carry on “business as usual” but sources tell FishbowlDC that Times staff is expressing panic and fearing the worst.

One senior member of the newsroom suggested that it was time to look for a new job while a younger reporter told us, “we’re in trouble without John. Solomon had the vision, heart and had begun to make the Times a real force in Washington news media.”

Memo obtained by FishbowlDC:

From: David Jones

Date: November 12, 2009 6:47:30 PM EST

Subject: re john solomon

For those who were not in the newsroom for our impromptu meeting a few minutes ago, let me just say that we have been assured by Jonathan Slevin that despite the resignation of John Solomon, the company remains as committed as ever to keeping The Washington Times going as a robust multi-media company. He noted the huge strides we have all made over the past two years and asked Jeff Birnbaum and me to carry on “business as usual” while the new management carries out its review of all our operations. Slevin also expressed his respect and appreciation to the newsroom for your efforts of the past week, in which you all have continued to put out a first-rate product in a very difficult time.

WTF TWT? What’s Up at Wash Times

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Spotted last night: Two boxes of Moon books abandoned next to a TWT newspaper box at a 7th & M St. bus stop.

It’s day three since the executive shakeup at TWT and things seem to be getting progressively more complicated and odd. Executive Editor John Solomon is still not back to work but an informed source inside the newsroom tells FishbowlDC that “Solomon is expected to return by next week.”

Speculation regarding what triggered the firings of three top execs over the weekend points to a Moon family feud (TPM has more). One source familiar with the conflict told FishbowlDC that the firings were actually a “compromise” when Rev. Moon intervened after finding out that his son, Preston aka Hyun Jin Moon threatened to shut the paper down late last week.

According to Politico‘s Michael Calderone, since the drama began unfolding over the weekend, security measures at the paper have been seriously amplified and TPM claims that armed guards have been spotted inside the building. In a memo today, David Jones, TWT‘s managing editor announced that management was shutting down one full parking lot.

Memo obtained by FishbowlDC after the jump.

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TWT‘s Jones Notifies Staff of Press Release

TWT Managing Editor David Jones finally addressed staff via below memo after “rumors and semi-accurate press information started circulating.” The memo offers no more information than the release issued through Business Wire more than an hour before.

Hmmm. Do you think that the “rumors and semi-accurate reporting” might stem from the fact that the Times issued a press release well before notifying their own staff?

Given that a lot of rumors and semi-accurate press information is already circulating, I want to share with you all this press release which was issued this morning. I and a few other senior editors are going to be briefed in more detail this morning. Shortly after that I will convene a meeting with everyone in the newsroom to try to answer questions.

Release after the jump.

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Bellantoni Says Goodbye to TWT, Hello to TPM

Christina Bellantoni finished her last day at TWT yesterday, before starting at TPM on Monday. TWT‘s David Jones send out this note to the staff on her behalf…

Dear Washington Times colleagues,

As you know by now, yesterday was my last day at The Washington Times. Monday is my first day at Talking Points Memo where I will be covering the White House and politics from the site’s newly expanded D.C. bureau. It’s been wonderful working with you the last nearly six years – I appreciate the kindness and sincerity found throughout the newsroom. I’ve also been proud of so much of the work this newspaper has produced. I’m so grateful for the opportunities the Washington Times has provided me – from covering Virginia to the historic 2008 campaign – and for the freedom I’ve enjoyed to travel and explore multimedia. I’ve learned from so many of you, and will never forget Jerry Seper’s tough love tutorials, and am thankful for everything. I also wanted to offer my warmest compliments to the amazing photography staff – my road trips with each and every one of you will be highlights of my career for years to come. You are the most talented and dedicated bunch of journalists I’ve ever known, and it’s been an honor. I wish the Washington Times continued success as we all navigate this new media world. I’m sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye to everyone in person, but I won’t be a stranger.

I hope to see you around. Thanks to those of you who came to the Hawk and Dove last night. All the best, Christina

NYT on TWT: “Decidedly” Sorry, Offers Retraction

We told you earlier that TWT‘s John Solomon was upset by an article on the front-page of the New York Times. The article by Jim Rutenberg and Jackie Calmes said that TWT was “decidedly opposed to Mr. Obama.”

FishbowlDC has now obtained another internal TWT memo that says that the NYT has apologized and will issue a correction in tomorrow’s paper. Solomon’s memo below:

Folks:

I’m glad to report that the New York Times has formally called to apologize and will be running a correction in tomorrow’s paper. The Times’ Washington bureau chief, Dean Baquet, wanted me to personally pass along his apology. He also shared these words with David Jones: “I would never say your paper has been anything but absolutely fair and objective to Obama.” We agree and accept the Times’ apology.

Regards,

John

Morning Reading List, 12.02.08

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Morning Reading List, 08.05.08

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