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Chicago Tribune May Cut 20 Percent Of Staff

cht.jpgIt’s going to be a tough week for the Chicago Tribune, according to a report by the Chicago Reader. Last week Gerould Kern, editor of the Trib, sent a company wide memo around that promised many changes at the paper. The memo included promises to, “reshape editorial priorities,” and “structure the newsroom accordingly.” He did note that a lot of inaccurate information has been floating around about layoffs, but what exactly he means by this he declines to say in this memo. What we do know is that changes will begin this week. The Reader, who reprinted Kern’s memo in its entirety, says that the company maybe slashing as much as 20 percent of its current staff. Check out the full memo from Kern after the jump.

From: Kern, Gerould W.
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:01 PM
Subject: Update/Organizing for the future

Colleagues:

Two weeks ago, I told you that the newsroom management team is working on a plan to reshape editorial priorities and organization to meet our strategic goals. We are taking a fresh look at what is required to fulfill this mission and structure the newsroom accordingly.

At the time, I said we would be a smaller organization that matches what the business can now support, but that we also would invest in our digital capabilities, watchdog reporting and Chicago-area news.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of inaccurate information circulating now about the nature of the reorganization and its implications for staff reductions. We continue to work on the plan and will tell you more as soon as we can.

I have included here the message I sent you on March 30 that explains our approach in greater detail. We ask for your patience as we work through these issues.

Gerry

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