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The paper reportedly promised him a job after he returns from a year-long fellowship
Well this is just confusing. Apparently when Times-Picayune laid off Brett Anderson on Tuesday, the paper didn't really mean to.
Eater reports that the paper has invited their chief restaurant critic back to the paper after he finishes up with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard on a fellowship. Anderson had signed up for the fellowship for a year, starting the fall.
"We told Brett then that he would have a job with us when the fellowship ended," Times-Picayune Editor Jim Amoss said, reported on the paper's blog. "We should have communicated that this week when we announced the changes at our paper. We intend to honor our commitment to Brett. His work has been integral to the recovery of the dining scene in New Orleans."
No word on whether Anderson will accept the offer, but we can't tell whether or not the mix-up was simply a miscommunication. Considering it took the paper three days to clear this up, it doesn't look good.
Jessica Chou is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @jesschou.