A pair of Kansas City Star reporters were reportedly told to figure out which one of them will stay and which will go, in the wake of layoffs announced earlier this week, Hearne Christopher wrote yesterday.
Veteran reporters Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann have been identified as the two reporters with an impossible choice. Continue reading
Kansas City Star publisher Mi-Ai Parrish announced in a memo to staffers today another round of layoffs, the third since she took the helm in the summer of 2011. Just how many people are losing their jobs, and who those people are, is unknown at the moment.
Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish said the job eliminations were a difficult step that comes as the newspaper continues to “restructure and strategically reinvent” its operations.
The paper will also eliminate several open positions. The Star’s story didn’t specify if any newsroom positions were affected.
KC Confidential reports an IT specialist, three accounting staffers, a telephone operator and two production specialists were among those let go, a week after a McClatchy executive visited The Star. Today is the 132nd anniversary of the paper’s first edition.
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BottomLine Communications reports Star publisher Mi-Ai Parrish informed the staff today that seven positions will be cut, in addition to one-week furloughs for most employees. She said the company had a decent fourth quarter, but the recovery the Star’s parent company, McClatchy, hoped for wasn’t apparent yet. McClatchy’s earnings fell 5 percent last quarter. Continue reading
A sad day in Lawrence, as 10 jobs in news and advertising at the Lawrence Journal-World and its weeklies were cut.
The contraction of the work force is a direct result of the economic conditions affecting the company, (Ralph Gage, director of special projects) said. He added that the company will continue to evaluate its needs and opportunities in the markets it serves.