Salt Lake Tribune lays off 9 newsroom employees

May 9 2012 - 3:55pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake Tribune has laid off nine people, blaming the cuts on continued weak advertising revenue and declining circulation.

The Tribune reported Wednesday that the layoffs include five copy editors and four people assigned to other newsroom duties.

Deputy Editor Tim Fitzpatrick says the cuts amount to about 7.5 percent of the newsroom staff, reducing the number to 119 journalists.

Fitzpatrick says the newspaper will integrate copy editing and page design into existing teams. The newsroom will be divided into five independent news hubs.

Fitzpatrick says the nine employees will receive severance packages.

The Tribune is the state's largest newspaper and is owned by the MediaNews Group.


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