Thursday, July 12, 2007
The 82,683-circulation Santa Rosa Press Democrat has announced it will eliminate 35 jobs, or 8 percent of its work force, in an effort bring its costs in line with falling revenue. Seven jobs in the paper's 93-person newsroom will be cut. Publisher Bruce Kyse said he hopes the staff-reduction goals can be met through voluntary buyout offers. If they cannot, however, layoffs in several departments -- including the newsroom -- will follow. All eligible newsroom employees, including both union members and managers, received buyout proposals Wednesday. A sluggish local economy and competition for classifieds from Craigslist and other Web sites were blamed for the slide in revenue. The paper's revenue dropped from $74 million in 2005 to $70 million last year.