New Haven Register: 1

Posted 09.13.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

New Haven, Conn.
Owner: Journal Register Co.
Date: Aug. 22, 2011

The paper’s editor was laid off. New editor Matt DeRienzo now will oversee the Journal Register’s three Connecticut daily papers. When asked if there would be more newsroom layoffs, DeRienzo declined to comment.
Source: New Haven Independent

Salt Lake Tribune: 5

Posted 09.13.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Salt Lake City, Utah
Owner: MediaNews Group
Effective: Sept. 12, 2011

Five newsroom employees were laid off. “The reality is, in business you have to make tough decisions to stay healthy and viable,” Editor Nancy Conway said in a story on the Tribune’s website. The paper now has 143 newsroom employees.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune via Paper Cuts tip

St. Petersburg Times: 14 ****

Posted 09.13.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

St. Petersburg, Fla.
Owner: Times Publishing Co.
Effective: Sept. 12, 2011

Salaries for full-time employees will be cut by 5 percent until January 2012. Those employees will get five additional paid days off during that time period. Officials said the plan will save about $1 million in payroll costs. Part of the company’s plan “will also likely include further job reductions, though officials could not say how many jobs would be cut or when.”
Source: St. Petersburg Times via Paper Cuts tip; Paper Cuts tips

Update: At least six, and likely more, newsroom employees were laid off on Oct. 10. “In announcing the recent pay-cut/extra days off program, (CEO) Paul Tash said some job eliminations could be expected; they have begun around the company,” editor Neil Brown wrote in a memo to employees. “In the newsroom, we will say goodbye to some dear co-workers and friends over the next couple weeks.” Brown did not say how many employees would be laid off. In a Tampa Tribune blog post, a laid off copy editor/page designer estimated 10 employees were laid off; Paper Cuts sources have so far confirmed six, but cautioned layoffs were expected to continue through the middle of the month. (10.14.11)
Sources: Tampa Tribune; Romenesko; Paper Cuts tip

Update: The Times cut 6 percent of its workforce over a six-week timespan. (11.03.11)
Source: St. Petersburg Times

Update: At least 14 newsroom employees were laid off. Do you know the final number? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous. (11.05.11)
Source: Paper Cuts tip

Update: The 5 percent pay cuts were extended through May 2012. “Despite the extension, we will still regard this measure as temporary. While it continues, you will keep getting an extra day off per month,” chairman Paul Tash said in a memo. “I thank you deeply for your patience, and I pledge that we will not draw upon it any longer than necessary. As staffers, the best thing we can do is take every possible dollar of revenue for the Tampa Bay Times. That is the route to success for the company, and for ourselves.” The St. Petersburg Times was renamed the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 1, 2012. (02.16.13)
Source: Poynter

The Times of Northwest Indiana: 4

Posted 09.12.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Munster, Ind.
Owner: Lee Enterprises
Effective: Sept. 9, 2011

Four employees were laid off: two pressroom employees, one IT employee and an assistant managing editor. Two open newsroom positions also were eliminated. The Times is one of Lee Enterprises’ first consolidated design centers: The paper is still hiring a designer.
Sources: Paper Cuts tips

Full disclosure: I work at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which also is owned by Lee Enterprises, and previously worked at The Times of Northwest Indiana.

Los Angeles Times: 21

Posted 09.07.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Los Angeles
Owner: Tribune Co.
Effective: Sept. 9, 2011

Five newsprint handlers and 16 mailroom employees will be laid off. There also are rumors of newsroom layoffs. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Sources: Los Angeles Times Pressmens 20-Year Club

The Dallas Morning News: 38

Posted 09.06.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Dallas
Owner: A.H. Belo Corp.
Effective: Sept. 6, 2011

Thirty-eight newsroom employees were laid off, including 13 copy editors. The Morning News has already killed a weekly entertainment tab and laid off production, IT and advertising employees this year. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Sources: DMN Cuts

The Register-Mail: 3

Posted 09.06.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Galesburg, Ill.
Owner: GateHouse Media Inc.
Effective: Sept. 2, 2011

Three newsroom employees were laid off: The web editor, a sports reporter and an education reporter. Editor Tom Martin said the layoffs “were not easily made.”
Source: The Register-Mail

Savannah Morning News: Unknown

Posted 09.05.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Savannah, Ga.
Owner: Morris Communications
Effective: Aug. 31, 2011

An unknown number of employees were laid off, and three publications will be eliminated: Coastal Senior, West Chatham Neighbor and Apartment Finder. “For the past several weeks, we have been examining all aspects of our operation and product portfolio,” Publisher Michael C. Traynor said in a story on the Morning News website. “It is clear we must accelerate our progress toward the digital future by growing audience and sales while making our legacy infrastructure more efficient.” Traynor said laid off employees were offered a severance package, but did not say how many employees were affected.
Sources: Ledger-Enquirer; Savannah Morning News

The Dallas Morning News: 16

Posted 09.01.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Dallas
Owner: A.H. Belo Corp.
Effective: Aug. 25, 2011

Sixteen advertising and marketing employees were laid off. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Sources: DMN Cuts

Dayton Daily News: Unknown

Posted 09.01.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Dayton, Ohio
Owner: Cox Enterprises
Effective: Sept. 26, 2011

The paper notified the union on Aug. 26, 2011, that four editorial assistants and two to four photographers would be laid off. Photo editor Larry C. Price resigned on Aug. 29 instead of cutting photographers. “I do not believe the layoffs are fair to you as individuals or that they are in the best interest of the Dayton Daily News and our readers,” Price wrote in a memo to his staff. “If these cuts are enacted, it will be impossible to meet the Cox initiatives for covering breaking news, sharing content with our media partners and growing our online presence.” Layoffs still are expected.
Sources: Media Jobs Daily, Dayton Business Journal, Esrati.com

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