Salt Lake Tribune editor on today’s layoffs

“No sense mincing words in this message to you,” Salt Lake Tribune editor Nancy Conway writes in her memo on today’s newsroom layoffs. “We’ve all watched newspapers around the country trimming staffs, cutting newshole and making savings where they can. You and I know that market and social changes make that a necessity. Until now we have been able to make select cuts and savings through attrition that kept us apace of where we needed to be. That is no longer the case.”

The full memo is after the jump.

From: Nancy Conway
Date: May 9, 2012 12:48:52 PM MDT
To: all.staff@sltrib.com
Subject: restructure

Colleagues,

No sense mincing words in this message to you. Today nine people in our newsroom have lost their jobs because we need to cut costs.

We are very sorry to see them go. These folks, like everyone in the newsroom have contributed to the strength of The Salt Lake Tribune and served readers all across the state of Utah. We are grateful for their good work, thank them, and wish them well.

We’ve all watched newspapers around the country trimming staffs, cutting newshole and making savings where they can. You and I know that market and social changes make that a necessity. Until now we have been able to make select cuts and savings through attrition that kept us apace of where we needed to be.

That is no longer the case. We have come up with a plan to restructure the newsroom that will redefine and streamline the process in which news stories are edited and presented. The copyediting and page design functions, along with some copy editors and designers, will be integrated with existing news teams to create independent news hubs.

You will hear more about the restructure from your managing editor, and we will, of course, ask for your help in creating these expanded teams. Accepting and embracing digital responsibilities, team work and cross training are very important in our restructured newsroom.

We are confident that we have a good plan and the people to staff it. We invite your questions and welcome your thoughts.

The Salt Lake Tribune will live up to its responsibility as Utah’s largest and only truly independent news organization and to the tradition of comprehensive reporting that the entire population counts on. We value our role as agenda setter for one of the fastest growing states in the country and we recognize that what we do and how we do it has consequences far beyond an everyday news organization. Each of you has a part in that leadership role. Let’s get through this difficult time and get on with what we do so well.

Thanks,
Nancy

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