The newsrooms at the Los Angeles Times and Daily News of Los Angeles will be smaller before the weekend arrives.
The Daily News is expected to layoff a total of eight newsroom staffers between today and tomorrow. Editor Carolina Garcia, speaking at an SPJ meeting last night, said this is the fourth round of cuts since she arrived, adding that "we can't cut fast enough" to keep up with falling revenues. The paper is "truly in survival mode" and will now be focused almost exclusively on the San Fernando Valley, she said. She also reiterated that all of LANG's copy desks will merge as one in West Covina.
The Times will cut 70 or so reporters and editors today in its latest round of downsizing - a total of 300 employees will lose jobs at the paper. California section editor David Lauter, speaking on the same SPJ panel, said his paper will focus more on big, high-level, in-depth stories, and will have to rely more and more on part-timers, amateurs and freelancers for the "routine" and "incremental" reporting that it can no longer afford to do. Indeed, the Times plans to end the California section as part of its cost cutting plan.
*Updated at 9:54 a.m.: LA Observed now reports that the Times will cut a smaller number of positions today through a few layoffs and some voluntary buyouts and then make further cuts toward the end of the month when the California section folds. Long-time reporter Dan Morain is among those taking a buyout.