We get the news from Gary Scott that the Los Angeles Daily News is shrinking it’s staff yet again. Yesterday, four copy editors accepted buyouts rather than make the commute to the new universal copy desk in West Covina. And today as many as eight staffers from the editorial department are expected to be laid off.
Scott also brings us remarks from the Daily News editor Carolina Garcia at a Society of Professional Journalists meeting Wednesday:
[Garcia] said this is the fourth round of cuts since she arrived, adding that “we can’t cut fast enough” to keep up with falling revenues. The paper is “truly in survival mode” and will now be focused almost exclusively on the San Fernando Valley, she said. She also reiterated that all of LANG’s copy desks will merge as one in West Covina.
LANG is the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, which owns the Daily News as well as eight other local daily newspapers.