‘Mercury News’ Lays off 50, Names Two Editors

By: E&P Staff

The San Jose Mercury News eliminated 50 jobs through a combination of lay offs and buyouts today. The cuts were part of a larger cost-cutting initiative by Denver-based MediaNews, who will reduce jobs at two dozen Bay Area newspapers.

The cuts, which account for around 5% of the staff, were spread across the paper?s departments, with 15 newsroom staffers and 19 other employees being laid off. Five newsroom and 11 employees from elsewhere at the paper accepted buyouts. So far other newspapers, including the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times, announced cuts on Thursday of 10% of their staff through buyouts.

Amid the staff reductions, the Mercury News also has named two new editors: Barbara J. Marshman is the new editorial page editor, and Stephen R. Trousdale is the new business editor.

Marshman is the first woman to hold this position at the Merc. She joined the editorial board in 1988 and became associate editor in 1990, a position she has held until this promotion. Prior to working for the Mercury News, Marshman was the managing editor at The Pottstown (Penn.) Mercury.

Trousdale came to the Mercury News in 2006. He left the Contra Costa Times, where he had been business editor and co-headed its investigative team. Before that, he worked as business editor at the Torrence (Calif.) Daily Breeze, and spent the better part of a decade as managing editor for the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

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