Will there be an LA Times in the future?

Word comes that the LA Times is cutting roughly 10 percent of its editorial workforce. The paper has already made drastic cuts. At the rate they are going, soon there will only be one reporter and one editor remaining. Maybe, if they’re lucky, a copy editor.

With circulations down at the major metros, it’s not exactly shocking these cuts are coming. I just don’t understand how this paper will continue to put out quality work after eliminating 75 positions. A friend of mine from Syracuse is participating in the paper’s apprenticeship program. I wonder if the company is keeping those positions or not. I’ll have to ask him.

Fishbowl LA even got a copy of the e-mail editor Russ Stanton put out.

Colleagues, The growing economic downturn is forcing us to undergo another round of job reductions and cost cuts. I deeply regret to report that today, 75 of our friends, colleagues and capable staff members in Editorial will be told that they are losing their jobs. This is about 10% of our total staff and these cuts are comparable in scale to those made on the business side of The Times last week. The severance terms being offered to our colleagues are similar to those offered in the other reductions we’ve faced this year. I appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation during this difficult period. Your department heads and the senior editing team, including John, Davan, Meredith and I, are available to hear your concerns and answer any questions.

Russ Stanton
Los Angeles Times

Hmm, yes one of my concerns would be am I going to have a job tomorrow? Or even later today?! I can only imagine how depressing the atmosphere is over there.

Can the LA Times survive? I don’t know myself.


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