Layoffs and Buyouts Announced at Three More Dailies

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Layoffs and Buyouts Announced at Three More Dailies


Strupp, Joe, Editor & Publisher


Layoffs and buyouts have hit three more daily papers, with announcements of cutbacks in Colorado, Kentucky, and South Carolina.

Word that staff reductions will hit the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; The Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo.; and The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., added to the already growing list of dailies facing the prospect of fewer people.

The Daily Camera announced Tuesday that nine of its 155 staffers were to be laid off, the paper reported, citing an industry that company officials say is "rapidly changing."

The cuts were made across various departments and included one newsroom employee, Al Manzi, president of Prairie Mountain Publishing, publisher of the Daily Camera, told the paper.

Severance packages were offered to all nine employees, he said, adding, "It was an incredibly difficult decision to separate from nine terrific, hardworking, and caring employees."

Prairie Mountain Publishing is co-owned by E.W. Scripps Co., publisher of the Rocky Mountain News, and Denver-based MediaNews Group, publisher of The Denver Post.

At the Lexington Herald-Leader, a four-percent staff reduction is being sought through a buyout program announced this week, according to Business Lexington, which said the paper had 385 full-time employees.

Business Lexington reported that "a statement released by the Herald-Leader said there is no set number of employees it hopes will take the buyout, nor has the paper released information publicly or to its staff as to what the eligibility requirements are."

"Our business models are changing," read a statement e-mailed by Herald-Leader Publisher Tim Kelly to the business news outlet. …

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