May 1, 2009

Layoffs come at a furious pace

Newspapers are cutting positions furiously to keep pace with declining ad revenues. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is expected to layoff as many as 60 people, 22 from the newsroom; the Baltimore Sun just fired 61 staffers and launched a reorganization plan that includes a "director of audience engagement"; and the Allentown Morning Call plans to eliminate 70 positions, which will mean sending out about 50 pink slips. Even the Newspaper Association of America is cutting back.

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