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Santa Cruz Sentinel: To cut 21 percent of newsroom staff

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Central-KY-Kid, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. Central-KY-Kid

    Central-KY-Kid Well-Known Member


    June 8, 2007

    Sentinel to cut 8 newsroom positions
    By Matt King
    Sentinel staff writer

    SANTA CRUZ — The Sentinel will cut its newsroom staff by 21 percent by the end of the month, Editor Tom Honig announced Thursday.

    In an afternoon staff meeting, Honig said eight of the paper's 38 full-time newsroom employees — reporters, photographers, editors, copy editors and support staff — will be let go on July 1. In April, 33 workers in the paper's pressroom and mailroom were laid off.

    Publisher David B. Regan said the cuts would force changes in the paper's news-gathering operations.

    "It was difficult having the press and the mailroom leave, but hitting the newsroom hits us at our core," Regan said. "Originally, I thought [cuts] wouldn't affect the newspaper at all. I still think we can put out a good paper"

    After the layoffs, the Sentinel will be devoting more of its resources to the Internet and conducting meetings with the public to find out what kind of coverage readers want in the paper.

    "We're going to continue to make the paper smarter and provide people with the information they need in a new era," Honig said. "Times change and old models have to change with it. I wish we could go off into the future with as many, if not more, reporters and photographers"

    The Sentinel has undergone several changes since it was put on the market by Ottaway Newspapers Inc. last year. The paper was sold twice in two months and purchased by the California Newspapers Partnership in February.

    A subsidiary of MediaNews Group, CNP also owns the San Jose Mercury News and Monterey Herald. Eight people were laid off from the Herald in April, and Tuesday, it was announced that an undetermined number of Mercury News employees will be laid off this summer.

    Contact Matt King at mking@santacruzsentinel.com.
  2. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    Jesus. Eight more people sent into the world of selling real estate or doing PR....

    What the fuck is going on.
  3. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    Lean Dean, the cutting machine.
  4. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    Soon, his papers won't have a enough people staffing them to put out a decent product, or has it already gotten to that point at some of them?
  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Let's see. Nope, my opinion of Dean Singleton has not changed.
  6. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    Eight out of 38 is rough.
  7. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    I'm about to jump off the newspaper ship. The fucking thing is sinking. Why are we still on it?
  8. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Last one cut turns out the lights.
  9. BigSleeper

    BigSleeper Active Member

    I almost took a gig there way back when, but I heard it's just about impossible to live anywhere near Santa Cruz on what they pay. They've had as many as four staffers living together just to afford the rent. I really feel bad for these guys.
  10. Billy Monday

    Billy Monday Member

    Where is the stop-loss line with layoffs at newspapers?
    Or do these publishers and companies just keep cutting until there is no newsroom staff?
  11. LATimesman

    LATimesman Member

    Who would have thought the Singleton takeover in NorCal would be even worse than expected?

    I wonder if it would make more sense to kill the whole Santa Cruz paper and try to sell the subscribers on taking the Mercury News.

    If the Mercury News had a true Santa Cruz zone --- which it used to have -- the product would be far superior.
  12. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised they ran a story about it - give them credit for that. But I'm pretty sure they have met with readers before to find out what kind of coverage they want. And this is the result.
    I think the stop-loss line is when there is no one to write the layoff article.
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