Cox Newspapers Robinson Media Inc.
Effective: June 24, 2011
Eleven employees were laid off, including Editor Carlos Sanchez. Publisher Donnis Baggett has taken on the role of editor, saying that move and layoff of marketing and clerical employees were made to keep the paper “financially strong.” “it’s ironic in a way that our growth is one of the reasons we have had to become more efficient,” he told KWTX. “We’re printing more newspapers, which means higher printing costs and higher distribution costs and on top of that energy costs have gone up.”
KWTX reports that the editor was laid off, as well as eight full-time and three-part time employee in the clerical and marketing departments. That adds up to 12 people; the KWTX headline, story and newscast say there were 11 layoffs. Can you help with the details? Leave a comment or send me an email: email@example.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Update: KWTX reporter Rachel Cox clarified that 11 employees were laid off. (07.12.11)
Update: The paper was bought two years ago by Robinson Media Inc. — thanks to a Paper Cuts tip, the ownership has been corrected. The layoff total is back up to 12: A maintenance employee was on vacation when layoffs were announced; that employee was laid off when upon returning to work several days later. The paper now has one maintenance employee. Before layoffs, the paper had a marketing department of one: That employee was laid off, eliminating the department. One of the three information technology employees also were laid off. (08.28.11)
Source: Paper Cuts tip