Memo From LA Times Editor Russ Stanton

Editor Russ Stanton sent a memo to the editorial department this morning announcing that 14 staffers would be laid off before noon. The rest of the 70 department layoffs won’t be announced until March.

From: Stanton, Russ
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2009 9:59 AM
To: yyeditall
Subject: Newsroom staffing update

Colleagues:

This will be another difficult day in our newsroom as we’ll be saying good-bye to 14 of our co-workers and friends. Those affected will be notified before noon.

I regret that these cost-saving moves will result in the loss of work for people who have served this company well, and for many years.

The total number of jobs being eliminated in Editorial remains at 70. For a variety of reasons, the remaining departures will occur toward the end of March.

Thank you for your patience and for your continued good work during these challenging times.

Russ Stanton
Editor

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