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UPDATE: Detroit Papers Seeks 110 Job Cuts

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UPDATE: Detroit Papers Seeks 110 Job Cuts

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The managing partnership for the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News announced Friday it will offer buyout packages as it tries to cut 110 positions, or about 5 percent of the overall staff.

It said layoffs may happen if it doesn't get enough volunteers or if economic conditions worsen.

The staff cuts will include employees in all departments, including the newsrooms at both papers, advertising, circulation, marketing and human resources, said Susie Ellwood, executive vice president and general manager for the Detroit Media Partnership.

Ellwood said the partnership wants to cut 16 newsroom employees at the Detroit Free Press and six at The Detroit News.

"It has to do with the business climate and the newspaper industry and, certainly, the economic environment here in Michigan," she said.

The buyouts are being offered immediately to nonunion employees who are 50 or older with at least 10 years of credited service as of Oct. 12. The Detroit Media Partnership also has contacted union leaders and hopes to extend the buyouts to union-represented workers.

The offer is open until Nov. 2. If fewer than 110 employees take the buyouts, or if economic conditions worsen, the partnership may have to consider other measures, including layoffs, Ellwood said.

Detroit Media Partnership manages the business operations of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, including production, advertising and circulation, but the papers' newsroom operations are separate.

The Free Press is owned by Gannett Co. based in McLean, Va. The News is owned by MediaNews Group, based in Denver, Colo. …

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