Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker sent out the following announcement to the staff on Friday:
As I told you earlier this week, we have begun an extensive review of operations as part of a broader transformation program. There will be, unfortunately, an impact on news department staff in this process. In order to limit the number of involuntary layoffs, we will be offering all news employees around the world – management and non-management – the option to elect to take an enhanced voluntary severance benefit. The terms are described in the attached FAQ.
We are seeking a substantial number of employees to elect this benefit, but we reserve the right to reject a volunteer based on business considerations. Employees will be required to sign a separation agreement and release of claims in a form provided by the Company in exchange for the accompanying severance benefits.
Any employee interested in volunteering must send an email to HR from your company email account to VoluntarySep@dowjones.com by 11:59 pm EST on October 31, 2016 stating as follows: “I [NAME] elect to be considered for the WSJ News Department voluntary severance benefit.”
Any questions about the program can be directed to Christine Glancey or Matt Murray.
I regret of course the need for such a move and I appreciate deeply the dedication all of you continue to show through challenging times. Thanks to your hard work, the news department continues to produce world-class journalism every day and I’m confident this process is the right one to set us on the right footing for renewed growth in the years ahead.
Editor in Chief The Wall Street Journal