I don’t have the memos yet, but the Star Tribune’s new management is lowering the boom, telling employees this morning that 100 jobs will be cut company-wide. Strib Newspaper Guild co-chair Graydon Royce confirms that number, and says “up to 30” will exit the newsroom over the next two to three months.
Based on what he took away from the communications, Royce says, “This is causing management to look at somehow restructuring how work is done.”
To me, that’s code that the cuts will focus on non-bylined newsroom troops such as copy editors, designers, etc. The Strib has held reporters relatively harmless in recent cutting, and I’m betting that will continue.
Royce stresses the Guild wants to be “strongly involved” in how restructuring is done. Workers who leave would get buyouts as per their recently renegotiated contract, though not as generous as in recent years.
The Strib currently has about 290 270 newsroom staff, so this would take it to 260 240-250. More as I get the memos and talk to management.