The Florida Times-Union: 39 *

Posted 08.29.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Jacksonville, Fla.
Owner: Morris Communications Inc.
Effective: Aug. 29, 2011

Thirty-nine employees — 9.5 percent of the paper’s workforce — will be laid off. Eight open positions also will be eliminated. “Based on our projected 2012 revenue, we have determined what our expenses need to be moving forward,” publisher Lucy Talley wrote in a memo to employees. “Unfortunately, there will be job eliminations. We will also be reviewing operational costs including newsprint consumption.”
Source: The Florida Times-Union via Paper Cuts tips

Update: Layoffs began Aug. 29 and have continued over the next two days. While 9.5 of the paper’s workforce will be laid off, the bulk of those layoffs will be from the newsroom: 30 percent of the newsroom will be laid off. (08.31.11)
Sources: Paper Cuts tips

Suburban Journals of St. Louis: 20 *

Posted 08.24.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

St. Louis, Mo.
Owner: Lee Enterprises
Effective: Aug. 24, 2011

At least 19 employees were laid off. The Riverfront Times reports “some 23″ jobs were cut — employees were called at home after work Tuesday night and notified they were laid off. Some open positions also were eliminated, so it’s possible both figures are correct. Several Suburban Journals editions will be eliminated on Sept. 7, including Jefferson County and North County in Missouri and Monroe County and St. Clair County in Illinois. “Focusing more on digital news delivery in some areas frees us from the weekly print cycle and allows us to continue providing the best community coverage available to the greater St. Louis area,” Publisher Dave Bundy said in a story on the Suburban Journal website. Bundy has not publicly addressed or acknowledged the layoffs.
Sources: Paper Cuts tips; Riverfront Times; Suburban Journals

Update: In a press release, Publisher David Bundy said 20 positions were eliminated. (08.24.11)
Source: Riverfront Times

Oakland Tribune, Alameda Times-Star, Hayward Daily Review, Fremont Argus, West County Times, Contra Costa Times, San Ramon Valley Times, East County Times, Tri-Valley Herald, San Joaquin Herald: 120 *

Posted 08.24.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Oakland, Alameda, Hayward, Fremont, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Pleasanton, San Joaquin, Calif.
Owner: MediaNews Group
Effective: Nov. 2, 2011

The Oakland Tribune, Alameda Times-Star, Hayward Daily Review, Fremont Argus and West County Times will become the East Bay Tribune. The Contra Costa Times, San Ramon Valley Times, East County Times, Tri-Valley Herald and San Joaquin Herald will become The Times. Two new weekly papers will be created: The Valley Journal and the Times-Herald. The San Jose Mercury News, the BANG flagship, will remain a daily publication. “Approximately 120 jobs — primarily in the production and editorial divisions” will be eliminated, according to a news release on the Contra Costa Times website. Patch reports about 40 newsroom jobs will be cut.
Sources: Contra Costa Times, Dublin Patch, Gary Scott

Update: In October, Bay Area News Group announced it would cease Monday home delivery of the Oakland Tribune, Fremont Argus and Hayward Daily Review. Previous plans to merge nameplates were revised: Under the new plan, the Valley Times, Tri-Valley Herald and San Joaquin Herald will merge as the Tri-Valley Times; and the Oakland Tribune and Alameda Times-Star will merge as the Oakland Tribune. (11.03.11)
Source: Mercury News

Update: Thirty-four newsroom positions were cut: Walnut Creek Patch reports 10 were cut through “voluntary resignations”; 24 employees were laid off. The news group will be closing its press in Walnut Creek, outsourcing production to San Jose. (11.11.11)
Source: Walnut Creek Patch

Clarification: Tips confirm that 34 employees were laid off: 28 newsroom employees and six managers. (11.19.11)
Source: Paper Cuts tips

West Central Tribune: 1

Posted 08.22.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Willmar, Minn.
Owner: Forum Communications Co.
Effective: Sept. 1, 2011

A reporter/photographer will be laid off.
Source: Paper Cuts tip

Baltimore Sun, Daily Press, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Unknown

Posted 08.19.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Baltimore; Newport News, Va.; Hartford, Conn.; Allentown, Pa.; Orlando; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Owner: Tribune Co.
Effective: July 18, 2011

Tribune Co. daily papers were reorganized; Chicago Tribune Publisher Tony Hunter will oversee all Tribune papers except the Los Angeles Times. An unspecified number of finance and administrative employees were laid off. Tribune Co. spokesman Gary Weitman told The Associated Press that jobs were cut, but declined to provide specifics. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Source: The Associated Press

Las Vegas Review-Journal: 36 *

Posted 08.19.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Las Vegas
Owner: Stephens Media Group
Date: Aug. 18, 2011

At least 21 newsroom employees and 15 pressroom employees were laid off this week. Based on tips and a post by The Strip Podcast, I believe employees from other departments were laid off as well, but I do not have specific numbers. One tip estimates 70 to 100 employees were laid off today. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Sources: Paper Cuts tips; The Strip Podcast via Paper Cuts tip

Update: Publisher Bob Brown will not say how many employees were laid off, but did tell the Associated Press that employees were laid off from all departments, and the paper will close one press. “Our advertisers and readers will see absolutely no impact at all,” Brown told the AP. “We’re not losing any story count, we’re not losing any pages, we’re not losing any features.” Based on Paper Cuts tips, though, the paper is losing a lot of people, which will affect quality, pages and features. (08.22.11)
Source: The Associated Press

Idaho Statesman: 7

Posted 08.18.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Boise, Idaho
Owner: The McClatchy Co.
Announced: March 2011

Seven employees (none from the newsroom) were laid off. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Source: Paper Cuts tip

The Press-Enterprise: 13

Posted 08.18.11 • 2010 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Riverside, Calif.
Owner: A.H. Belo Corp.
Effective: Oct. 20, 2010

Eleven pressroom employees, a photo technician and an editorial assistant were laid off. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Source: Gary Scott

The Herald-News: 4

Posted 08.18.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Joliet, Ill.
Owner: Sun-Times Media Group
Effective: July 8, 2011

Four employees were laid off, including the managing editor, features editor, editorial and business editor, and an education reporter. The paper now has 13 editorial staff members.
Source: Time Out Chicago via Paper Cuts tip

Idaho Statesman: 9 *

Posted 08.18.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Boise, Idaho
Owner: The McClatchy Co.
Announced: Aug. 15, 2011

An unknown number of employees were laid off. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Source: Paper Cuts tip

Update: Nine employees were laid off: two reporters, one designer, one web editor, three copy editors, an information technology employee and a production employee. (08.18.11)
Source: Paper Cuts tip; Idaho Business Review via Paper Cuts tip

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