Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Restructuring at Salt Lake Tribune Marked by Layoffs

Posted By on July 10, 2013, 1:35 PM

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The Salt Lake Tribune has recently announced a number of changes to sections, columns and coverage -- but failed to mention staff layoffs, including that of the editor of the business section.---

In recent columns, Trib editor Nancy Conway and managing editor Terry Orme have notified readers that the paper is undergoing changes and reorganizing its resources. Among various changes Orme identified in a recent column is that columnist Peg McEntee will return to reporting and her column will be discontinued. In another column, Conway said that the Thursday Close-Up section will be discontinued, as the Trib works to better manage its resources and learn how to embrace its digital product.

“News costs money. Local news is particularly expensive. I won’t insult you by saying we can do more with less. We can’t. What we can do is manage smartly, choose carefully and remain committed to Journalism with a capital J,” Conway wrote.

City Weekly has confirmed that the Trib’s recent changes also include four layoffs: a photographer, a copy editor, a letters-section editor and the business editor. Orme confirmed the layoffs by e-mail and noted that another editor would take over the duties of overseeing the business section.

“We are refocusing our business coverage to emphasize consumer news. A news editor already on staff will direct those reporters,” Orme says, adding, “I can't comment on the specific people let go. I will say that decisions like this are hard.”

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