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Belo’s Providence Journal Lays Off 100 Employees

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An additional 100 Providence Journal workers are to be laid off by March 6 by A.H. Belo, Sheila Lennon of the Journal writes today.

The Dallas company that bought the newspaper in 1996. The Journal reported the impending layoffs Jan. 31 (A.H. Belo, owner of the The Providence Journal, plans to cut 500 jobs) but today we learned how many of those lost jobs would be in Providence. (A.H. Belo’s other newspapers are the Dallas Morning News, Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise and the Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle.)

In the newsroom we learned exactly which jobs would be cut from the Providence Newspaper Guild, the union that represents reporters, editors and advertising staffers, and slightly more than half of the jobs to be eliminated. Printed as always on bright yellow paper, the bulletin detailing the cuts was hand-delivered by Guild representatives this afternoon to each desk: 100 jobs to be cut at ProJo.

The Journal will cut all 26 part-time positions and eight full-time positions in the Advertising Department. The News Department will lose 18 full-time positions.

The remaining job cuts are to come from management, production and other non-Guild positions.

This time, no reporters were eliminated; photographers, artists, designers, visual techs, editors and editorial assistants bear the brunt of the News department cuts. On Oct. 10, 31 news staffers were laid off; 12 others had earlier taken voluntary buyouts.

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February 25, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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