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December 3rd, 2008 By | News | Posted In: News, Community, Media, Financial Crisis

Updating the Media Bloodbath

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Here's a little more on the layoffs being announced today at The Cincinnati Enquirer.

First, an anonymous poster on the Gannett Blog listed the following positions as being eliminated in the latest round: Copy desk chief, business editor, lead graphic designer, a photo desk coordinator, a community news editor, the video trainer, a copy editor, a features copy editor, a news desk editor and a bureau chief.

"There's some seniority and age here, but also some newer, younger folks," the poster wrote. "No reporters were let go. A lot of dead weight remains."

Peter Bronson, anyone?

Meanwhile, another anonymous poster -- also presumably an Enquirer employee -- wrote that several people were laid off in the circulation department including staffers responsible for both home delivery and single copy sales.

If accurate, that means at least 16 people have been laid off at the newspaper.

Also, another journalism-oriented blog examines the factors that led to The Gannett Co.'s downfall and offers details on huge profit margins at all of Gannett's newspapers in 2007.

Perhaps with some irony, The Enquirer's Web site today ran an article from the Gannett News Service offering tips about coping with the layoffs of co-workers.

 
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