LA Times Cuts 75 Newsroom Jobs; 10 Percent Of News Staff Laid Off

Now they’re cutting sinew, there’s nothing left but bone… The Los Angeles Times is cutting 75 newsroom jobs, or 10 percent of its news staff, Reuters reported. The layoffs follow a comparable number of cuts that the Tribune Company newspaper made on its business side last week, editor Russ Stanton told employees in an e-mail message. He attributed the cuts to the worsening economic conditions and the global financial crisis. This represents the second round of news staff job cuts since July. At that time, the paper said it was shedding 250 jobs, including an unprecedented 150 positions in editorial. The layoffs come the same day that the Audit Bureau of Circulations released some pretty horrible numbers regarding newspaper circ for the six months ended Sept. 30, however, as ContentNext research director Lauren Rich Fine pointed out, the LA Times was down only 1 percent.

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