Layoff Axe Swings Again at ‘Sun-Sentinel’

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By: Mark Fitzgerald

Ongoing layoffs at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel will reduce the newsroom staff of the Tribune Co. paper by 20%, Editor and Senior Vice President Earl Maucker said Thursday.

“Everybody’s going through it in this economy,” Maucker said. “We’re working through it, trying to right-size the staff. It’s painful.”

Maucker said the layoffs had not yet been concluded, and declined to give the number of journalists let go so far at the Fort Lauderdale paper.

Bob Norman, the media writer for the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County alternative New Times in his “The Daily Pulp” blog listed 24 staffers he said had been laid off, including one part-time copy editor who took a buyout. A total of 30 layoffs are expected, Norman reported.

The list includes six copy editors, four sports staffers, two photographers, and six beat reporters.

Last July the Sun-Sentinel laid off 50 newsroom employees.

There were reports of layoffs in other departments that could not be confirmed. Sun-Sentinel Strategic Communications Manager Jennifer Sacks said the paper does not comment on staffing decisions.

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