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Sun-Times Media has laid off several journalists, including editors, at its suburban newspapers. Joliet Herald-News associate managing editor Matt Cappellini, 58, relocated to the Sun-Times’ Chicago offices two weeks ago and then was let go on Friday.
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“It would have been nice if they just laid me off two weeks ago and I didn’t have to buy a monthly rail pass,” he tells the Chicago Tribune’s Robert Channick.

Merrillville (Ind.) Post-Tribune executive editor Paulette Haddix, 60, was pink-slipped after four decades at the paper.

“When I pull into the parking lot, I always look for a car with Illinois plates, which I would take to be a bad sign, and sure enough there was one” on Friday, she says.

Sun-Times publisher Tim Knight won’t say how many people were laid off yesterday. The downsizing comes just days after Crain’s Chicago Business reported that the Sun-Times wants to buy the Chicago Tribune. (The Sun-Times owners have yet to turn a profit, according to Crain’s. They bought the company 15 months ago.)

* Sun-Times Media makes job cuts (chicagotribune.com)
* March 11: Sun-Times eyes Chicago Tribune (chicagobusiness.com)

The publisher’s memo is after the jump. Read More

* Alt-weekly publishers who once had 30% profit margins have to settle for 10% now. (reuters.com/jackshafer)
* Susan Orlean: “When journalism students would ask me how to get started as writers, I would tell them to go to work for an alternative newsweekly.” (newyorker.com) | (gawker.com)
* A Boston Phoenix “enemy” is sorry to see the paper die. (bostonherald.com)myspace
* Just six years ago: Will Murdoch’s “phenomenally successful” MySpace ever lose its monopoly? (guardian.co.uk)
* New Orleans businessman John Georges signs a letter of intent to buy the Baton Rouge Advocate. (theadvocate.com)
* Indicted hacker and suspended Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys moved between two digital subcultures for years. (washingtonpost.com)
* Theology prof: “I may be the only person under 60 without a cellphone, let alone Facebook or Twitter.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Some public radio listeners complain that NPR has become National Papal Radio. (npr.org)
* At CPAC, “a soul-searching session on the future of the conservative media and its place in the media world.” (politico.com)
* [Video] David Carr asks Times colleagues what they’re reading and if it’s on paper or an e-reader. (nytimes.com)
* Your book is an Amazon bestseller? Good for you, but there’s no need to call a financial adviser. (salon.com) | Earlier: (jimromenesko.com)
* A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reader continues his campaign to get the paper to use six-sided snowflakes. (Romenesko Letters)

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