Monday, March 2, 2009

'Dispatch' announces 45 layoffs on editorial staff

The Dispatch is reducing the size of its newsroom, laying off 45 people effective on April 3, management of the newspaper announced today.

"These are challenging times for many industries, including the newspaper industry," said John F. Wolfe, publisher and CEO, who explained the changes to the staff.

"We avoided staff reductions as long as possible long after many other news organizations took such action."

While the newspaper readership remains strong and stable, Wolfe said the economy and market forces have pushed advertising revenue steadily downward. And advertising revenue provides the majority of funds needed to pay salaries and buy paper and ink.

Editor Benjamin J. Marrison said the newsroom staff reductions will hasten a restructuring of the newsroom to put a sharper focus on local news, local sports, enterprise reporting, and building a more robust online presence at

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