Skip to comments.Providence Journal lays off 23 full-time employees
Posted on 11/08/2012 11:50:49 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
Providence Journal lays off 23 full-time employees
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence Journal Co. laid off 23 full-time workers Wednesday as part of a cost-cutting effort, including 16 members of the Providence Newspaper Guild and 7 non-union employees.
The cutback represents 5 percent of The Journal's workforce. The reductions come about two months after 11 employees accepted a voluntary separation offer.
"Given a persistent softness in advertising revenue and the resultant impact on our earnings, it is necessary that we reduce our cost structure," said Howard G. Sutton, publisher, president and chief executive officer, in a statement. "It is always difficult to reduce staffing levels through layoffs, but it's necessary to ensure the future of the franchise."
Sutton said that the primary objective of The Providence Journal is to protect the depth and quality of its news coverage on all platforms. To that end, no reporters or columnists have been laid off and there will be minimal impact on other content providers in the newsroom.
John Hill, president of the Providence Newspaper Guild, represents about 200 editorial and advertising employees at the paper.
"This layoff, though not the largest we've endured, is particularly painful because of the quality of the people we are going to lose," Hill said.
Not familiar with the journal. Was its coverage any deeper than the thickness of a piece of paper?
There you go, good ole RI...lock step lib lovers....
How’s that vote for O’bummer working out for you?