Yesterday was a somber day at The New York Times, as the paper bid farewell to all of the newsroom staffers who agreed to to take buyouts. We’ve heard from Times-ers that the rumor among staff is that 75 people have agreed to the buyouts including metro reporter Jennifer 8. Lee, a surprise that came out late yesterday. (There’s a list of around 40 here and Keith Kelly reported last week that only 50 unionized workers were taking the buyouts.) But, if that number is right, that means that only around 25 will have to be laid off as early as next week in order for the paper to reach its goal of 100 eliminated staffers, unless execs decide that even more cuts are needed. We’ll have to wait and see how that develops over the next few days. (Have any info? Send us an email or leave a tip at right.)
In the meantime, we were quite moved by all the loving tweets coming out of the Times building yesterday, as reporters bid a fond farewell to so many of their colleagues. After the jump, more thoughts from Times reporters throughout this sad day.