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Friday, June 01, 2007

Peninsula Press Club: Like Chron, Merc to cut 1/4th of newsroom

Like Chron, Merc to cut 1/4th of newsroom

The Merc plans this summer to eliminate 60 more newsroom positions — 24 percent of its 250-person news staff, according to SJSU journalism professor John McManus.

The news comes two weeks after the Chronicle said it intended to cut 25 percent of its newsroom.

It will be the second round of layoffs at the Merc since Dean Singleton took control of the San Jose daily 10 months ago. After the first round, the Merc negotiated a layoff moratorium negotiated with the Guild expires in July.

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