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Miami Herald Lays Off 175 People, Eliminates 30 Additional Positions

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The Miami Herald is the latest major newspaper in the United States to make drastic cuts in its personnel, giving about 175 employees pink slips today. Thirty more vacant positions will be eliminated. That figure represents about 19 percent of its workforce.

Staff got the news via email.

”About 175 employees will lose their jobs as a result, and we will eliminate another 30 vacant positions, for a total reduction of 205. Reductions will occur in all areas of our operation and at every level in the organization,” publisher David Landsberg said in an e-mail to employees this morning.

Here’s a report from John Dorschner of the Herald writing about his colleagues losing their jobs:

Remaining full-time employees earning between $25,000 and $50,000 a year will have their pay reduced 5 percent. For employees earning more than $50,000, the pay cut will be 10 percent.

Employees will also lose one week of pay this year through an unpaid furlough program.

As part of the cost cutting, The Miami Herald’s presses will be converted to a 44-inch web format and the International Edition will cease publication.

Many of the jobs will happen through involuntary layoffs, but some employees will be offered the chance to voluntarily take severance packages. ”If enough employees do not take the voluntary option, then the work groups will be reduced either by function or according to least tenure, depending on the work group,” Landsberg wrote.

McClatchy previously announced it would trim its national workforce by 1,600. They are more than halfway to their goal, as at least 806 positions have been cut recently by the chain.

Already the Kansas City Star said it would let go about 150 people, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said it would let go 130 people; and the Sacramento Bee said it would cut 128 people.

Other McClatchy trims in payroll include:

The chain also runs The Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News & Observer.

UPDATE, 4:04 p.m. Eastern: A reader notes that there is a McClatchy blog (cancelthebee.blogspot.com) that is on top of these layoffs and more. Thanks Kevin!

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March 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm

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  1. More McClatchy layoffs here:

    http://cancelthebee.blogspot.com/2009/03/mcclatchy-layoff-update.html

    And several McClatchy newspapers (Charlotte Observer, Raleigh News & Observer, Idaho Statesman, etc.) haven’t made announcements yet.

    Kevin Gregory

    March 11, 2009 at 3:54 pm

  2. The Miami Herald. Miami, FL. also are terminated the Distribution of single copys.the route will no longer be running. it begin at Miami,Beach. and continual with Miami Dade on November 2009. the route’s is going to be gaven to home deliver employee. as a single copy distibutor for over a year, it has been a tremendes inpact. when the retailer’s are satify with my service, and alway pay there invoice.I know that this change will inpact also Miami Herald,cause many of the employee in home deliver are not really to handie the process. my route deliver over 7.000 copy a week. I wonder who is making this decision. if you know please let me know. D-133. miami, fl

    luz tejada

    October 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    • Mr D-133, There has always been talk about doing that. I was a distrubator for 27 years and in 2003,I had enough of the Heralds crap.Back in the late 80s early 90s there where alot of meetings on this issue. I guess things are so bad with newspapers now that they just went on with it. In the long run you are better off.

      als

      March 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

  3. […] But these organizations are struggling to stay alive as the industry rapidly evolves faster than these companies can adapt. And it has resulted in various layoffs. […]


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