Friday, November 2, 2007

Update on Spokesman-Review cutbacks

Almost two weeks ago, The Spokesman-Review out of Washington State announced pending layoffs. As of last Thursday, 14 newsroom employees are out of work while 40 additional positions will be eliminated by the end of the year. The Associated Press has more in its short report.

The layoffs announced Thursday involve a dozen reporters, a manager and a nonunion employee from a newsgathering staff of about 137.


Editor Steven A. Smith said the layoffs represent a reduction of about $1 million from the newsroom's budget of more than $9 million.

The layoffs hit the paper's Idaho reporting staff especially hard. At least six of the paper's eight reporters based in Coeur d'Alene were let go.

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Smith's News Is A Conversation Blog has more on the layoffs here and here. Lynn Swanbomm, one of the departing employees, has a brief farewell message on her A Matter Of Opinion Blog here.

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