By: E&P Staff
The Miami Herald announced Thursday it was eliminating another 49 jobs, including seven full-time newsroom employees. In a memo to staffers, President and Publisher David Landsberg also said the paper was requiring employee to take a second unpaid furlough this year.
The staff reduction would be a combination of involuntary layoffs and an offer of a voluntary severance package in some work groups.
“In an effort to minimize the number of layoffs, we will achieve additional savings in several ways: through operational efficiencies and the elimination of open positions, and in a second furlough that will begin in the fourth quarter. We will be announcing details of the furlough plan as soon as possible,” Landsberg wrote in a memo first reported by Jim Romenesko on his Poynter Online site.
Landsberg said the optimism the newspaper felt about economic conditions in the first half of the year had given way to an uncertainty that “created a negative impact we could not overcome.” In a separate memo to newsroom employees, Executive Editor Anders Gyllenhaal said the newsroom would lose seven full-time and two part-time positions.
“The positions include an assignment editor, a copy editor, a designer, a position in the library, a photographer, an online editor, and two positions in the wireroom,” he wrote. “This means we will reorganize how the wireroom operates. Four open positions will not be filled. The staff of El Nuevo Herald will be reduced by 4.5 positions, and the editorial page staff by 20 hours as part of a change in how we do production.”