?Kansas City Star? Makes Third Round of Layoffs Since January

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By: E&P Staff

The Kansas City Star laid off what it described as “about a dozen” employees Tuesday – the third round of job cuts so far this year.

Star Publisher Mark Zieman, in an e-mail to employees reported on the paper’s Website by Steve Rosen, also announced all senior managers and most employees will be required to take a second week-long unpaid furlough during the fourth quarter of the year. The Star is also not fillinng about a dozen empty positions. The newspaper laid off employees in January and again in May.

Zieman blamed the “continuing economic slowdown” for the actions, but said the newspaper expects to be in a good financial state by the end of the year.

“I deeply regret that we’ve had to take these steps, especially as we approach what I believe will be a turning point in this historic slump in our industry,” Zieman wrote. “The Star won’t die, but this recession will.”

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