Scenes from a shrinking newspaper

What do you take with you after a lifetime of dedication to a company?

The Pioneer Press, still with a beating heart if not much more, is saying goodbye to employees who have taken a buyout in its parent corporation’s latest round of cost cutting.

It’s another test in the great American journalism experiment: How many talented people can you usher out the door and still be a viable newspaper?

Chris Polydoroff, one of the paper’s photographers, left yesterday with the scene expertly captured by, perhaps, its best photographer — Ben Garvin. The hugs, handshakes, and box of “stuff” are part of a ceremony played out every week in most every company in America.

Maybe the economy is making a comeback, but the rising tide isn’t lifting all boats. Some of them are sinking.

(h/t: Julia Schrenkler)