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The Star-Ledger Cuts 167 Jobs

Well, this is depressing. Advance Publications’ The Star-Ledger is cutting about 167 jobs, including 25 percent of its newsroom.

The layoffs will mean the paper will be out 40 of its 156 reporters, editors, photographers and other various staffers.

According to NJ.com, the massive layoffs were not surprising:

The cuts were not unexpected, with the announcement last week of the creation of a new media company—NJ Advance Media—which is to provide content, advertising and marketing services to all the newspapers owned by Advance Publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Sales and marketing functions of the new company will launch in June, with content operations to begin in September, according to executives.

Even with the consolidation and cuts at the Star-Ledger, the paper  —  along with the others impacted, including The Times of Trenton, The South Jersey Times and The Express-Times of Easton, Pennsylvania — will continue to publish each day.

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