Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Clarion-Ledger newspaper cuts 9 percent of staff

Mississippi's largest newspaper announced Wednesday it was reducing its staff by 9 percent, citing declining revenue and rising expenses.

The Clarion-Ledger will cut 33 jobs, including 11 staff positions, through involuntary layoffs, severance offers and attrition. One of those being laid off is Orley Hood, a longtime feature writer and columnist with the Jackson newspaper.

The announcement comes after the newspaper's parent company, Gannett Co. Inc., in October announced a 10 percent across-the-board work force reduction at its 84 daily newspapers. Other newspapers in the chain are also reducing their staffs this week.

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