It was a busy afternoon at the New York Times on Monday.
In the morning, Jose Antonio Vargas resigned as a columnist and published a damning open letter to the Times management announcing he was quitting his job because of the paper’s perceived refusal to hold people and organizations responsible for “truly horrific” human rights violations against refugees and migrants.
Mr. Vargas’s column was one of four columns he wrote for the paper this year, marking a departure from the 24-year journalism veteran’s status as a “white, queer man whose humanity is inconveniently present in the paper,” as he put it in a New York Times piece last March.
Amid the many articles that appeared on Mr. Vargas’s departure, Times staffers tweeted stories of their own departures from the paper of record and thanking it for all it had done for them.
“In 1996, my NPR journalism degree at UCLA took the chair,” tweeted Matt Miller, a longtime Washington bureau chief. “I left it today with a new one at Cambridge University. I’m a D.C. transplant.”
In the afternoon, Bryan Burrough, a reporter at the Times, announced that he was departing to start a startup, HuffPost Hive, “focused on design.”
In a tweet announcing his exit, Mr. Burrough noted the “tragic drought of scrappy, good reporting on the candidates at the NRCC, the RNC, and the senatorial committee.”
Mr. Burrough was one of several Times reporters to cover the Republican National Committee early in the 2018 election cycle. “Other reporters had moved on,” Mr. Burrough told reporters covering the GOP on Tuesday, The Daily Beast noted. “So to me, it seemed like a logical evolution to make this switch.”
“So many wonderful colleagues to say goodbye to, and of course, I’m getting out on good terms with the Times,” Mr. Burrough wrote. “Thanks for seeing my story.”
“I can’t even express how happy I am about the commitment Andy Green, Zac Collina, Aaron Venz and Jenny Legaine continue to make to do exceptional journalism,” he added.