‘A modest round of staff reductions’ at the Los Angeles Times

UPDATE: Profit at LAT parent Tribune Co. falls 41% in Q1 (latimes.com)

My Los Angeles Times tipster reports: “The layoff includes about half the graphics department — which until today was 14 people — and a Metro reporter in Orange County.”

Date: June 28, 2013, 5:48:26 PM PDT
To: yyeditall
Subject: Message from [editor] Davan Maharaj and [managing editor] Marc Duvoisin

To the staff:

We’ve just completed a modest round of staff reductions.

Losing even a small number of colleagues is difficult. Losing them in a close-knit newsroom where we all work together for a common purpose is even harder.

But it does not alter our mission or our focus on the future.
We will continue to reshape the newsroom to enhance our digital report, from breaking news to narrative and investigative projects. That will require us to keep developing our multimedia skills–within the newsroom and with new recruits.

The redesign of latimes.com is set to launch this fall. It will greatly enhance the reader experience and give us a wealth of new tools for presenting stories, graphics, photos and video. The redesign will build on recent improvements, such as the new template for Column One, the groundbreaking work of our data team and our steadily expanding real-time coverage of the news.

We’re both available to respond to questions or concerns.

–Davan and Marc