Friday, January 30, 2009

Layoffs hit Pioneer Press newsroom

Friday, the Pioneer Press laid off four newsroom employees. Positions included a picture editor, clerk, web producer and sports copy editor.

Pioneer Press workers had enjoyed 14 months of contractual layoff protection that expired Dec. 31. This month, eight people have been let go, including three circulation district supervisors and an ad production worker, says Newspaper Guild executive officer Mike Bucsko.

A memo from Pioneer Press editor Thom Fladung (below) emphasizes the need to "protect our reporting power. Our ability to continue to produce distinctive journalism that can't be found anywhere else is more important now than it has ever been."

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