Saturday, September 19, 2009

Chron lays off 5 newsroom staffers

Five members of the Chron's newsroom staff were told Wednesday that they are being laid off as the newspaper attempts to reduce operating losses, the Guild reported. Six positions were cut in classified advertising just before Labor Day. Much of the classified operation is being shifted to Hearst's Houston Chronicle.

This year the Chron has cut 481 jobs: 151 in news and ads, 100 drivers and 230 printers.

What's worse, there's no sign that management has a plan to staunch the staff cuts or implement a forward-thinking strategy for the paper, union rep Carl Hall told the San Francisco Business Times.

"It's disheartening to see layoffs without a plan guiding them," Hall said.

The Guild is putting on two "unemployment workshops" -- 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 1 and 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 2 -- in The Chronicle's Golden Gate Conference Room (basement). To RSVP, please e-mail


Anonymous said...

the union doesn't seem to be doing any newspaper workers much good, does it?

Anonymous said...

Well, at least it gave them decent severance.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I'd say newspaper readers and advertisers aren't doing much good.

Anonymous said...

Advertising is on the upswing, at least in broadcast, after a very bad 12-18 months. If the Chron is still flat, it's time to close it up.

Anonymous said...

Will the Press Club pursue and post a list of the journalists lost to this round of cuts like we have seen in the past on this site?

Anonymous said...

I know, so far it's been pretty quiet on this one. Anyone?