Layoffs in Q2 continue
In the first half of 2014, layoffs were abundant. As the second quarter winds to an end, a number of organizations have gone into layoff mode. Here’s a look at the latest cuts going on at news organizations:
In April, Media General announced it was cutting 45 corporate and shared-services jobs after it merged with Lin Media, an American holding company operating 43 television stations. According to MediaBistro.com, the merger makes Media General the second-largest station group in the country with 74 stations in 46 markets.
Only last week, a number of layoffs were reportedly instituted at News Corp’s Community Newspaper Group, which includes the Brooklyn Paper, the Brooklyn Courier, the Times Ledger and the Bronx Times. The cuts come as the Community Newspaper Group is on the chopping block and in the midst of a pending sale. So far, the total number of layoffs is unclear.
The Louisville Courier-Journal laid off seven people last week, according to Courier-Journal.com. While no reporters lost their jobs, the cuts included managing editor Jean Porter, multimedia manager John Mura and metro editor Mike Trautmann. Two copy editors, a graphic designer and the data desk manager were also laid off. Most of the jobs will be filled by existing staff, whose various newsroom roles will take new forms. For example, the top news editor beneath executive editor Neil Budde will now be called the “news director.”
Meanwhile, as previously reported by inVocus last week, the Orange County Register has been offering buyouts and instituting cost-cutting measures such as mandatory two-week furloughs. When all is said and done, the company will reportedly eliminate up to 100 jobs. This comes after a restructuring in January that saw the loss of 71 employees.
Read more about layoffs from earlier in the second quarter here.
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