Sunday, September 21, 2008

Departing the DMN

We recently surveyed those who took the Dallas Morning News buyout to understand more fully who we were losing and why. Questions asked included ones about their career experience, plans for the future and second thoughts on departing.

We received nine responses thus far from staff members in various departments. The results are:

How many years in journalism do you have?
Average response was 13 years. Range was 10 years to 34 years.

How many years at the Morning News do you have?
Average response was 9 years. Range was 5.5 years to 27 years.

Do you have plans for the future? Do you plan to stay in journalism?
Equal numbers of buyout takers said they had plans and did not have plans.
Yes responses: Half had new journalism jobs and half were returning to school.
No responses: Half said they would not return to journalism and half would possibly reconsider.

If you had to do it again, would you still take the buyout?
All said yes. One did express having some second thoughts but stood by the decision.

If you took the buyout and would like to contribute to the survey, e-mail

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