Layoffs under way at the St. Petersburg Times as editor sends memo to staff
Layoffs are under way here at the St. Petersburg Times, a move the company indicated would happen after announcing a five-month, 5 percent pay cut for staffers last month.
Below is the memo Editor Neil Brown sent to staffers last week on the issue. The newspaper will publish a story once reductions have been completed.
As you no doubt are aware, the work is underway to restructure our newsroom, adjust our leadership ranks and lower our costs in this terrible economy. In announcing the recent pay-cut/extra days off program, Paul Tash said some job eliminations could be expected; they have begun around the company. In the newsroom, we will say goodbye to some dear co-workers and friends over the next couple weeks.
The nature of the St. Pete Times -- we are privately held and strongly believe in discretion around personnel matters -- means there is little we can share beyond the periodic notes of farewell. While the staff will be somewhat smaller, we remain committed to producing a first-class metropolitan newspaper and Web site that puts service to the residents of Tampa Bay as our top priority.
We understand the anxiety that such uncertain circumstances produce and share the sadness at seeing friends go. We aim to do this work quickly and treat our staff with respect and dignity. The economy affords us no guarantees, but we hope to wrap up these staffing decisions by the middle of October and then move forward and fully focus on great journalism the rest of the year and in 2012."