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USA Today Lays Off Over 60 Employees, Cuts Newsroom Staff

USA Today announced this morning that it was laying off between 60 and 70 workers, with nearly half those cuts coming from the newsroom, due to declining print ad revenue.

According to their own reporting, 8% of USA Today’s journalists were laid off, some of them 25-year veterans of the company.

And, of course, the cuts stem from print media’s slow decline in the face of the internet: the paper’s president and publisher Larry Kramer told the staff that the “move was made due to a difficult and inconsistent national print advertising market and to accelerate the newsroom’s digital transition”

Reporters like Korina Lopez told Jim Romenesko that they didn’t see it coming:

“Took all of five minutes to disassemble 11 years of work. Nights, weekends, holidays, ungodly hours, missed key moments in my daughter’s early childhood… And with the explanation that it was a business decision and that I did nothing wrong. None of us saw this coming. Not even a suggestion. Quite the bombshell.”

[h/t Romenesko.com]
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