Wisconsin State Journal, The Capital Times to cut newsroom jobs


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Posted by madcityradio.com on August 13, 2009 at 14:21:44:

As many as 15 newsroom jobs will be eliminated at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times in a cost-cutting move, publishers of the two organizations announced to staffs Thursday.

Staff members in both newsrooms were offered a voluntary buyout. If that offer does not generate enough departures, layoffs will occur before the Sept. 30 end of Capital Newspapers’ fiscal year. The move is a response to the recession and revenue declines plaguing most American newspapers, the publishers said.

The two newsrooms will merge staff members into combined departments for features, sports, photography and multimedia as well as design and production to gain efficiencies, they said. The State Journal and Capital Times will continue to independently produce news and opinion content on the Web and in print, except for coverage of breaking news, which is already done in collaboration between the two newsrooms.

-- WSJ


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