As expected, the Daily News began another round of downsizing yesterday, when management formally accepted buyouts offers for copy editors who chose to leave the paper rather than make the forced 40-mile drive to West Covina to join the universal copy desk.
LA Observed has three of their farewell notes.
Up to eight newsroom staffers are expected to receive pink slips today. As reported yesterday, Editor Carolina Garcia said the paper can't cut fast enough to match falling revenues. She said she'll be forced to use whatever outside copy she can to fill her "wafer thin" newspaper.
*Updated 11:56 a.m.: Four copy editors have taken the buyout so far. They are copy desk chief Ed Richeson, who is retiring; news copy editor Carol Bidwell; news copy editor Alan McCabe, who was a rescue from the Santa Barbara and simply can't commute to West Covina, and features copy editor Melinda Kough.
Denise Swibold, who had been on loan to the city desk, will return to the copy desk.