The Chicago Tribune has cut 53 newsroom jobs, paper’s Phil Rosenthal reported (via Romenesko). While certainly not good news for the staffers at the bankrupt Tribune Company’s flagship, it isn’t the 20 percent that others reported last week. Following the layoffs, The Trib still has a 430-person newsroom.
In a memo to the staff, Trib editor Gerould Kern said the cuts were necessary due to ad revenue declines. The editor’s memo attempted to offer a vague glimmer of hope, saying that there would be additions to the newsroom over time as the paper invests in “new skills necessary to grow in the future.”