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An internal e-mail sent this week to Washington Post news staff:

From: Steve Coll, Managing Editor,

The Washington Post

To: NEWS – All Newsroom


Subject: Cafeteria Changes

To the Newsroom Staff,

In a memo being distributed today, Post vice president Peggy Schiff announces that, effective Monday, July 2, the downstairs cafeteria will close at 6 p.m. daily. The memo explains: “As business conditions continue to worsen, we are looking in every area for cost savings….As production has shifted most operations from the Northwest building, we have had to substantially increase the subsidy for our cafeteria. Despite the fact that there are always folks working in the building, cafeteria activity between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight is very low.”

We are taking several steps to minimize the impact of this change on the newsroom. Jill Grisco is opening a kitchenette near Mike Getler’s office (near Sports) with a table, refrigerator, and microwave oven for those who wish to store and prepare their own foods. We will use The Source to post details about local restaurants and carryouts that deliver to the Post in the evenings, and we will create a central repository of menus for these places. We’d like to encourage those of you who have scoped out the local delivery scene—we inhale your varied and intriguing finds most evenings—to email Jill with details, so that she can see them through to the Intranet. And Jill will be interviewing a variety of newsroom folks to determine what kinds of new food vending machines we want to have installed to supplement those we already have.

In an era of competitive 24 hour news cycles, the Post’s nightside operation is of vital importance, allowing us to give readers the latest and most comprehensive news, attractively packaged, every day. These are demanding but crucial jobs, and we regret the inconvenience the cafeteria changes may cause to some of you. But we will do everything we can to keep affordable and convenient food accessible. We encourage all of you to help us make the best of the change ahead; please send suggestions to Jill about how we can help you.

Len & Steve