The Baltimore Sun has laid off 61 people in its newsroom, including veteran editors and managers, columnists, photographers and designers. The cuts represent about 27% of the newsroom
staff at the paper, which is owned by Chicago-based Tribune Co.
The paper says the cuts are part of a broad reshaping of the Sun's newsroom that's meant to eliminate distinctions between print and online content. "We are repositioning our newsroom to be a 24-hour, local newsgathering media company. We will be more effectively gathering our content and distributing it across all our platforms," says a company rep. "This is our plan for the future, for our success, not just for our survival." Tribune is operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Among the managers who lost their jobs were a deputy managing editor, the opinion page editor, the op-ed editor and the copy desk chief. The paper has reduced its newsroom staff by about 60% in the past 10 years, according to the paper's union, but most of the cuts were accomplished through buyouts and attrition.