Bakersfield Californian lays off its two photo editors

Bakersfield Californian digital content editor Louis Amestoy confirms this report from a Romenesko reader:

The Bakersfield Californian [on Tuesday] laid off both of its photo editors: images-1 Director of Photography Alex Horvath, who has been with the newspaper since 2000, and Assistant Photo Editor Michael Fagans. The paper is left with three staff photographers, but no photo editors.

Horvath tells me he was surprised by the layoff. “I did not see it coming,” he writes in an email. “I thought ownership and top management appreciated my efforts … I truly loved working the Bakersfield Californian and I hope some day they will see value in hiring picture editors. Editor John Arthur and Sports Editor Tony Lacava and Web Editor Christine Peterson are extremely supportive and gracious to me.”

The staff photographers now report to the digital content editor.