By: E&P Staff
The Idaho Press-Tribune of Nampa, Idaho, stated Wednesday that it would lay off 16 employees, citing economic concerns.
None of the layoffs were in the newsroom, but some open newsoom positions have not been filled, Managing Editor Vickie Holbrook told the Idaho Statesman. The laid-off Press-Tribune employees have received two weeks’ notice and will be given a severance package.
“These are difficult times, and it is necessary for us, like many other businesses throughout our county and nation, to take a proactive approach,” President and Publisher Rick V. Weaver said in a statement. “We deeply regret this action, but we really have no other choice, given the economic conditions.”
The Press-Tribune is the latest newspaper to cut back on staff through layoffs or voluntary buyouts. Last month, the Statesman, of Boise, announced that it too was laying off 16 people. As a further cost-cutting measure, the Statesman announced that 22 pressroom workers would lose their jobs when the Statesman transfers its printing operations from its Boise plant to the Press-Tribune early next year.
Despite the downturn, Weaver claims that the paper is setting new records or home delivery and single copy sales. That, combined with a growing online audience, total Press-Tribune readership is higher than at any point in its history, he said.
The Press-Tribune has about 150 employees, both part-time and full-time, according to Weaver’s statement.