Chicago Tribune to cut newsroom 20 percent

April 13, 2009 at 8:40 PM

CHICAGO, April 13 (UPI) -- The Chicago Tribune plans to cut an additional 20 percent of its newsroom staff to help reduce costs amid declining revenues, the newspaper said.

Crain's Chicago Business reported Monday that the impending layoffs were announced last week. Sources told Crain's the job cuts will take place during the coming weeks.

The newspaper's parent, Tribune Co., filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors in December. That same month, the newspaper cut 20 people from its 480-strong newsroom, and in February cut an additional 20 workers.

To help cut costs further, the paper has reportedly changed operations in its newsroom and production areas. Last month, the paper mixed copy editing, page design, graphics, imaging and some photo editing into a single department.

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