‘Lincoln Journal Star’ Cuts Eight in Newsroom

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The Lincoln Journal Star has cut 16 jobs, including eight in the newsroom, to reduce its costs.

Publisher John Maher announced the cuts around midday Wednesday, a few hours after the employees who lost their jobs were notified.

Maher says the rising cost of newsprint, combined with advertising revenue challenges, forced the layoffs.

The newspaper eliminated 13 full-time and 3 part-time jobs. All the people who lost jobs will be offered severance pay based on their length of service. Any employee with 25 years or more service received a year of pay.

Before the cuts, the Journal Star employed 440 people total, including 273 full-time and 167 part-time.

The Journal Star is owned by Davenport, Iowa-based Lee Enterprises.

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