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Big cuts in Salt Lake City

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Stitch, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Deseret News to eliminate 43 percent of workforce. Besides wow, I don't have much else.

  2. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member

    Holy shit. Forty-three percent?

    "Lead and innovate" apparently means "getting rid of half our staff."
  3. hwkcrz1

    hwkcrz1 Member

    AP story

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's longest publishing daily newspaper said Tuesday it will cut nearly half of its staff and consolidate breaking news operations with affiliated television and radio operations.

    The Deseret News announced that 85 newsroom positions are being eliminated, although some staffers will be enlisted for a transition period. The layoffs include 57 full-time and 28 part-time employees.

    Deseret News CEO and President Clark Gilbert said the Deseret News is combining operations with KSL-TV and KSL Radio and will move to the broadcast networks' building about five blocks away.

    The newspaper will continue to publish seven days a week with contributions from readers, community figures and TV and radio reporters.

    "We are in a period of massive innovation," Gilbert said in the statement. "Audiences are migrating from traditional newspapers to digital news sources, which allows us to reach more audiences than ever before."
  4. wannabeu

    wannabeu Member

  5. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, really. I'm sure all the suits kept their jobs.
  6. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member

    Not only are 43 percent going to be laid off, but they're getting whacked for feel-good crap from community figures, PR fluff and citizen "journalists."
  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Publisher and editor are moving to advisory roles. Who knows how much they'll make.
  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Kind of surprising. SLC is still dominated by the LDS, but you would think they would try and keep a big footprint in the city (and state capital) that has become increasingly non-LDS in the last 20 years.
  9. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Stitch, I'm sure they'll be well taken care of.
  10. Harry Doyle

    Harry Doyle Member

    Anybody know who/how many in sports?
  11. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    43 percent? Just give up already and go away.
  12. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member

    Well, they did say they're moving in with a radio and television station, and plan to use submissions from community leaders and contributors.

    Maybe they'll chop two or three inches off the width of the paper, too.
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