Jun 30, 2009

Pioneer Press cuts nine

The St. Paul Pioneer Press, owned by Dean Singleton's MediaNews, is cutting nine people from its 138-person newsroom, and a tenth person from outside the newsroom. MinnPost reports:
The scuttlebutt around the newsroom is that reporters and photographers are most likely to be spared, while copy editors, news editors and page designers will most likely feel the pain. This continues a War on Editing that's played out similarly in Strib buyouts and pay cuts. ...

While it's cold comfort, ten layoffs would be fewer than the estimated 15-20, based on management's earlier $1.1 million annual savings demand. PiPress survivors are due to get a 1-2 percent raise tomorrow, though there's no guarantee against more pink slips.

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