Saturday, November 14, 2009

Gazette lays off 11 employees

The Gazette laid off 11 employees Friday in a cost-cutting move amid a brutal industrywide downturn that also triggered a decision earlier this month to close an affiliated newspaper in Arizona.

The cuts here included seven employees in the newsroom, three in circulation and one in advertising, leaving Colorado Springs’ only daily newspaper with a staff of fewer than 300, Gazette President and Publisher Steve Pope said Friday. The Gazette employed nearly 500 people in early 2007 but has cut its staff through attrition and several rounds of layoffs as competition from online advertising outlets has reduced advertising revenue across the industry.

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