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30 Job Cuts at Gannett's Tucson Papers -- Others in Tallahassee and Pensacola

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

30 Job Cuts at Gannett's Tucson Papers -- Others in Tallahassee and Pensacola

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Employees at the Tucson Citizen and Tucson Newspapers have been told that some 30 jobs will be eliminated.

Jennifer Boice, the Citizen's interim editor, sent letters to employees Friday after Gannett Co. Inc., its parent corporation, said it will reduce costs by cutting 3% of its work force in its main newspaper division.

Boice said two to four Citizen employees will be laid off.

The remaining layoffs will come from TNI, the subsidiary of the afternoon Citizen and morning Arizona Daily Star that handles circulation, advertising and other non-editorial functions through a joint operating agreement.

About half the TNI jobs will be cut through layoffs, the rest through eliminating open positions.

Boice said no specific jobs to be slashed have been identified yet.

Meanwhile, two of Florida's four Gannett daily newspapers announced staff cuts Friday as part of a corporate plan to eliminate 1,000 jobs nationwide. The Tallahassee Democrat and Pensacola News Journal plan to cut jobs, officials said.

"To maintain the financial health of our business and to ensure we remain positioned for the future and the inevitable rebound of the economy and our business, we must be proactive in responding to negative conditions. …

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