Newspaper Roundup: McClatchy; Tribune Company; Chicago Tribune


McClatchy: North Carolina papers The News & Observer of Raleigh, and The Charlotte Observer are asking hundreds of staffers to accept buyouts. The News & Observer hopes at least 320 workers, or 40 percent of its workforce, will accept the offer. The Observer is offering buyouts to most of its 810 full-timers, though it expects a low acceptance rate. It plans to cut about 75 positions by Oct. 3. Before these announcements, the papers’ parent, The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI) said it was freezing wages for at least one year. (AP)

Tribune: Citing a need to improve its search optimization and putting more “intriguing” content on its sites, Tribune Interactive has reorganized its staff, putting five execs in new posts, including Rob Barrett, who moves from SVP/GM of Tribune Interactive at LAT to EVP/programming for the unit, and Julie Anderson, formerly VP/interactive at the Orlando Sentinel and will serve as VP/content integration for TI. (Release)

Chicago Tribune: Newspapers are desperate to attract younger readers, but the Chicago daily is aiming really young with a new weekly print and website written by and for teens. Dubbed TheMash, the paper will go out to 100,000 teens and will be managed by Trib staffers. (E&P)

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