Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Denver Post whittles news staff

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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The Gazette isn't the only Colorado daily newspaper paring its newsroom staff. The Denver Post recently announced it wanted to trim 20 employees from the newsroom ranks. Here's the Post's Oct. 6 story:

DENVER—The Denver Post is offering voluntary buyouts to try to shrink its newsroom by up to 20 employees, or about 8 percent.

The newspaper reports that the move is due to financial pressures.

Employees age 55 or older and those with at least 10 years of full-time continuous service are eligible for the buyouts. The offer includes separation pay based on years of service and health insurance.

Editor Greg Moore said there could be layoffs if not enough employees take buyouts.

This might bode poorly for the prospect of the Post's owner, MediaNews Group, acquiring the Gazette. Or, MediaNews might be trying to scale back its expenses at the Post to make way for a new investment.

And while we're speculating wildly, what about the idea that Philip Anschutz would add the Gazette to his media holdings? Anschutz is acquiring the Oklahoma Publishing Co., which runs The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City and The Broadmoor Hotel here, as was announced last month. Staunch conservative Anschutz's politics certainly jibe with the Gazette's libertarian voice.

Whatever happens at the Post, it's sad to watch another 20 journalists tossed aside.

It's the latest in a pattern that began two decades ago. "American daily newspapers lost 13,500 newsroom jobs from 2007 to 2010," reports the American Society of Newspaper Editors in a recap of 2010.

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