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US: Massive job cuts continue

US: Massive job cuts continue

Dubbed "the Midsummer Massacre," in the past two months nearly 4,000 jobs have been lost in the US newspaper industry.

Whether Honolulu or Hollywood, Washington or Wall Street, layoffs are sweeping newsrooms across the country.

The Washington Post
has cut newsroom staff by more than 12 per cent of the total - more than 100 jobs. USA Today cut 50 jobs, the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News laid off 150. The Wall Street Journal, Rupert Murdoch's latest acquisition, is cutting 50 jobs to consolidate news and feature departments.

Even the New York Times has not escaped. It's estimated the company will cut around 100 newsroom positions by the end of the year.

Small papers have also suffered. At the Honolulu Advertiser last week 54 of the staff were laid off and the Hartford Courant and Orlando Sentinel saw 57 and 50 job losses, respectively.

At some papers the job cuts have led to protest. "At the Baltimore Sun - where 100 employees have been laid off - some staff took to the streets in protest, wearing black clothing as they marched outside the paper's offices," reported Press Gazette.

Source: pressgazette.co.uk


Sarah Schewe


2008-07-21 11:52

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