Wednesday, December 10, 2008

As newspaper industry bleeds, Cincinnati Enquirer tries to hold on

Readers will be getting less news and locally produced content in their morning copy of The Cincinnati Enquirer beginning later this month, as the newspaper scales back both its size and the number of people it employs.

Prompted by the troubled U.S. economy, Greater Cincinnati’s only remaining daily newspaper laid off several employees Dec. 2 and 3 under strict orders from its owner, Gannett Co. Although the number of layoffs wasn’t disclosed, at least 30 people — including 13 in the newsroom — were let go, sources say.

Those departures are in addition to the voluntary severance packages The Enquirer’s management approved for 60 staffers from various departments in September, including 15 from the newsroom.

Further, The Enquirer’s “newshole” — the amount of space allocated for content other than advertisements — will be reduced by six pages on Sundays and a total of 30 pages across the other weekdays beginning the week of Dec. 28, says Editor Tom Callinan.

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