Decaturguy pointed out last week that Jim Wooten and Tom Baxter are leaving the AJC. Now it appears they won’t be alone as 43 of the 80 offered buyouts will avail themselves of that option. Can’t say I blame ’em.
Most of those who have accepted the buyout will leave the newspaper on June 30, but some may be asked to stay longer to help provide continuity for the paper, spokeswoman Mary Dugenske said.
The voluntary buyouts were presented to employees who are at least 55 years old and have more than 10 years at the paper.
There will be no involuntary layoffs. Some staffers who remain may be asked to take on new roles at the paper, Dugenske said.
The newspaper has said it plans to revamp its operations, including cutting its circulation area and focusing more on digital news.
Employees who opted to take the buyout will receive two weeks of pay for each year worked at the paper, up to 52 weeks.