Four more Reuters.com employees depart in the wake of Reuters Next debacle

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At least four Reuters employees have decided to leave the company following the dissolution of Reuters Next, an expensive and ambitious consumer-facing web reboot that was killed last month.

"It is with more than a tinge of sorrow that I want to give details of changes coming our way at reuters.com associated with the discontinuation of the Reuters Next project," wrote U.S. managing editor Brian Tracey this afternoon in a memo obtained by Capital. "Megan McCarthy, Colin McDonald, John Peabody and Chad Matlin (from the Opinion team) have decided to part ways with the company beginning next month."

One source called these four "the buyout takers." The company had previously indicated it plans to eliminate seven unionized positions as a result of the Reuters Next termination.

According to our source, that leaves a rather slim crew devoted to reuters.com, which is now being revamped on a less grandiose scale than what had been planned with Reuters Next. The remaining New York-based reuters.com team includes newly-minted executive editor Dan Colarusso.

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You can read the full memo below:

Colleagues –

It is with more than a tinge of sorrow that I want to give details of changes coming our way at reuters.com associated with the discontinuation of the Reuters Next project. Megan McCarthy, Colin McDonald, John Peabody and Chad Matlin (from the Opinion team) have decided to part ways with the company beginning next month.

I simply must say that Megan, Colin, John and Chad are consummate professionals that we will truly miss. Over their time with us, they have helped to make Reuters.com into an outstanding digital platform, and their news judgment, editing, live-blogging and writing skills have been so instrumental to our success so far.

I’m personally most indebted to all of them for all of their hard work, often under trying and even stressful conditions. They have also managed to put up with my occasional manic antics when something (usually CMS related) did not go as planned.

Please join me in wishing them the best in their new endeavors. I am absolutely positive they will move on to great success in whatever they choose to do in the future.

So we will be toasting them along with Jim Roberts (with any luck Kira can get unchained from her desk at Newsweek to join us as well.) this Thursday after work. I hope everyone can join us, and please invite others who like to hang with the cool kids.

Highest regards,
Brian Tracey
U.S. Managing Editor, Reuters.com
Thomson Reuters