AJC Reducing Staff By Nearly 200; 85 Newsroom Posts Included; Weekly Sections Eliminated

While WSJ blamed expenses related to newsroom investments as the reason for laying off 50 staffers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the latest to slash jobs for the usual reasons plaguing newspapers. The AJC reported that the Cox Newspapers’ property is cutting 8 percent of its workforce — about 189 jobs — in order to rein in costs. The reductions will come through the use of voluntary buyouts, layoffs and job eliminations.AJC executives said that rising fuel expenses have only added to the pressures brought on by a dismal ad market. The paper is also doing away with all its weekly editorial inserts next month to save on printing.

The dismissals will occur between August and October and will include the elimination of 85 newsroom posts — 58 of which are currently filled — and 104 jobs on the ad sales side. The number of newsroom posts will fall to 350 after the cuts. On the bright side, the company claims that traffic to AJC.com has just surpassed 1 million pageviews a month.

Gannett’s Honolulu Advertiser terminates 54: A bad day for newspaper staffers to be sure… Just a few hours after Gannett (NYSE: GCI) said Q2 income from continuing operations dropped 19.7 percent, the newspaper publisher’s Honolulu Advertiser reported that the paper is letting 54 staffers go. Last June, the paper offered early retirement to about 30 of its 576 full-time workers. BizJournal added that Lee Webber, Honolulu paper’s publisher, tried to put the job cuts in context, saying that about 4,500 posts have been cut at U.S. newspapers over the past seven months.