Tuesday, February 1, 2011

McClatchy Pares Bee & Observer Staffs

The Charlotte Observer headquartersImage via WikipediaToday's announcement that Democrats will hold their 2012 presidential convention in Charlotte, N.C., was the only bright spot in the Charlotte Observer newsroom as publisher Ann Caulkins laid off 20 employees, including five newsroom positions, in the face of continuing declines in circulation and advertising.

Before the latest round of job cuts, the Observer boasted 530 full-time employees, including 150 newsroom slots. The Observer also plans to have workers take a one-week unpaid furlough during the first quarter of 2011 in another cost-cutting move.

The Observer wasn't the only McClatchy Co.-owned daily to receive bad news today, as the Sacramento Bee slashed 32 staffers, including nine editorial jobs.  The Bee has endured six staff reductions over the past three years that have eliminated 360 positions, roughly 30 percent of the paper's workforce.

The Sacramento, Calif.-based McClatchy chain owns 30 newspapers nationwide, including The Wichita Eagle, The Anchorage Daily News and The (Tacoma) News Tribune.
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