Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Santa Cruz Sentinel lays off three employees

"We've gone through a lot in the past year — a change in ownership, moving our offices from downtown Santa Cruz to Scotts Valley, moving our printing to San Jose, and losing more than 30 percent of our work force. We recently lost two more valuable people in our newsroom due to further economic retrenching," writes Editor Don Miller (pictured) of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The total number of layoffs at the paper was three, with two in news and one in advertising.

Despite the obstacles facing the Sentinel, Miller says his staff continued to put out a highly local newspaper and constantly updated Web site at www.santacruzsentinel.com.

"Our coverage of the recent fires is a case in point — we threw everything we had at bringing you, the reader, up-to-the-minute and comprehensive information, photos and video, and we did this day after day, with reporters and photographers often putting themselves in the line of fire, so to speak, to get the story.

"We saw amazing numbers of people look to the Sentinel online — upward of 920,000 page views from the Friday of the Trabing Fire through that weekend — and in print for fire coverage, and we're thankful you did."

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