Chicago Tribune Cutting Another 20 Percent

The Chicago Tribune—whose parent company filed for bankruptcy in December, is cutting its newsroom workforce by another 20 percent, or 90 employes, Crain’s Chicago Business reported yesterday.
Employees were notified of the layoffs at a meeting last week, and told Crain’s the cuts would come over the next several weeks.
The paper is also restructuring the newsroom and beefing up in “emerging growth opportunities,” according to an e-mail sent by publisher Tony Hunter to employees earlier this year. In the newsroom, copy editing, page design, graphics, and some photo editing are now all in the same department and the company has created new job descriptions that require copy editors to work with graphics and photo editors to do design.
In 2005, the Tribune’s newsroom employed 670; the latest round of cuts will bring the total down to 370. Company-wide, Tribune Co.’s staff levels were at 25,600 in late 2005, and about 18,000 last year.