Double Trouble: 21 Buyouts at ‘Pi-Press,’ Twice Number Sought

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The St. Paul Pioneer Press will give buyouts to 21 journalists.

That’s more than twice the number of newsroom buyouts the paper sought when it announced plans in mid-November to cut the equivalent of 40 full-time positions through buyouts, layoffs and job eliminations. The paper has suffered from slumping advertising revenue.

Editor Thom Fladung said he tried to accommodate most who of those seeking the buyouts, but turned down a few in “absolutely essential” positions or with hard-to-replace skills.

Former owner Knight-Ridder Inc. sold the Pioneer Press earlier this year. The paper is now owned by Hearst Corp. and managed by MediaNews Group Inc., which plans to acquire the paper when a financing deal is finished.

The paper’s circulation is 188,427 on weekdays and 245,597 on Sundays.

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