Newspaper Roundup: LAT; Star-Ledger; East Valley Tribune; Cleveland Plain Dealer

LAT slashes 75 editorial jobs: Editors at the Tribune Company paper met over the weekend to draw up lists of those whose jobs would be cut. At least 75 jobs will be lost, either through voluntary exits or layoffs. Back in Feb, LAT was forced to eliminate 100-150 losses, 40-50 in the newsroom as part wider reductions at Tribune.

Star-Ledger is spared: The drivers’ union, the last of the three labor groups to sign a new contract with the Newark, NJ paper, ratified an agreement with the Newhouse family’s Advance Publications. Having settled the labor issues, the paper averts a forced sale or closure — at least for now. Last week, at least 200 of the newspaper’s 750 full-time, non-union staffers accepted the publisher’s buyouts. Hitting that target was another condition for keeping the paper alive.

East Valley Tribune cuts staff, publishing schedule (via Romenesko): The free Phoenix daily will cut 40 percent of its workforce — 142 jobs — and will only publish four days a week. The East Valley Tribune, owned by Freedom Communications, the publisher of California’s Orange County Register, has already gone through three rounds of layoffs.

Plain Dealer Seeks 38 Newsroom Buyouts (via Romenesko): Citing recent tough times and more ahead, the Cleveland daily is cutting 38 unionized newsroom jobs, representing 16 percent the editorial staff. Workers have until Nov. 20 to accept the buyouts. If the paper doesn’t see that number, it will resort to layoffs. AP reported in August that the Plain Dealer offered buyouts to 370 non-union office workers, about a third of paper’s total 1,200 employees.