‘Newsday’ Lays Off 26 Workers

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(AP) Twenty-six Newsday employees from several departments other than the newsroom are being laid off as part of a series of cost-cutting measures, the newspaper reported Tuesday.

In a memo to the staff, Publisher Ray Jansen said the steps are meant to address “what continues to be a challenging business environment.” He said other measures include freezing most job openings and cutting non-staff expenses.

The Long Island newspaper, which has nearly 3,000 employees, posted news of the layoffs on its Web site on Tuesday.

“While we fully expect that the economy will turn around, these steps were necessary to ensure that we will be well positioned to capitalize on the opportunities an improving economy will provide,” Jansen said.

The employees being laid off have been offered an “enhanced severance package,” Newsday spokesman Stuart Vincent said.

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