Ottawa Citizen cuts reporting staff

The Ottawa Citizen said goodbye to several veteran journalists last week including Bert Hill, Jenny Green, Dave Rogers, Bruce Ward and Kate Jaimet.

They are among 42 employees who opted to take voluntary buyouts as part of an effort to cut jobs and tighten operations at the paper following the purchase earlier this year by Postmedia (formerly Canwest) of a chain of newspapers which included the Ottawa Citizen. Ten editorial positions were cut, along with positions in advertising, sales and finance.

Kate Jaimet sent a tweet saying goodbye to those who have followed her coverage of various municipal issues in recent months. Then she followed it with this tweet.

“Freelancing. Wish me luck! Also hoping for fame and fortune as a novelist.”

In September J-Source reported that The National Post, also a Postmedia paper, had also offered employees the option of applying for a buyout.