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People leave The New York Times headquarters Monday, April 20, 2009 in New York. The New York Times Co. said Tuesday, its first-quarter losses worsened amid a dramatic downturn in advertising revenue at its newspapers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York Times employees staged a walkout to protest cuts to the copy desk



Dozens of New York Times employees marched out of the New York office on Thursday to protest a recent executive decision to reorganize the copy desk, leading to the cutting of about 50 editing jobs, Poynter reported.

"Top managers sat stone-faced at desks as staffers gathered about them and then walked out via the stairways," a source said.

A slew of social media activity documented the temporary walkout. Employees boasted signs that read, "copy editors save our buts" and "our editors make the Times, the Times." Some even wore stickers as a sign of solidarity.

The 15-minute staged walkout wasn't the only act of civil obedience. About two dozen editors delivered a letter to Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn on Wednesday asking if newspaper executives would rethink the move.

"You often speak about the importance of engaging readers, of valuing, investing in and giving a voice to readers. Dean and Joe: We are your readers, and you have turned your backs on us," the letter read.

Baquet and Kahn responded, acknowledging the newsroom changes, but, at the same time, defended them.

"...we feel a compelling need to reduce separate layers of editing, to have reporters and front-line editors play a bigger role in all aspects of story production and promotion, to create a more-natively, visual news report, and to speed up production."

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