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UPDATE: Editor Responds to Rumors of Massive Job Cuts at 'Mercury News'

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

UPDATE: Editor Responds to Rumors of Massive Job Cuts at 'Mercury News'

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Just days after news emerged that the San Francisco Chronicle is slated to lose almost 25% of its newsroom staff comes word that its southern neighbor, the San Jose Mercury News, may face the same cutback.

At the popular Web site, Grade The News, John McManus asserted yesterday that 60 more newsroom positions, almost one in four at the paper, "are to be eliminated at the San Jose Mercury News this summer after a layoff moratorium negotiated with the local Newspaper Guild expires."

Responding to the report, Carole Leigh Hutton, the new executive editor and vice president at the paper, sent a memo to staff, which was quickly posted at the Romenesko site. It reads:

"I'm seeing and hearing a lot of rumors about plans for cuts and consolidations here. There's no denying that this has been a tough year financially and we're in the midst of a difficult budget season for the fiscal year that begins in July. We're discussing a number of cost-cutting measures. As soon as I can give you some definitive plans, I will. …

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