* 12:30 pm update: Dow Jones Newswires has backpedaled all the way on its report of 2006 job cuts by Tribune: "Tribune Co. will not cut 4% of its workforce in 2006. The company will cut a total of 900 jobs in 2005, of which 800 jobs will be in the publishing unit. A story published at 10:29 a.m. EST and updated at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday misstated the figures."
** 2:35 pm update: Romenesko links to pros and cons on the MoveOn petition effort, which today tried but failed to give its 45,000 names to Tribune CEO Dennis FitzSimons. Journalism professor Todd Gitlin thinks it can be effective, while former LAT writer and editor Jonathan Weber (my ex-boss at the Industry Standard, now running New West) calls it a little offensive to journalists everywhere.
My morning item follows in the original form:
Tribune CEO Dennis FitzSimons told the Global Media Conference today that the company has eliminated 900 jobs this year, most of them at its newspapers. Tribune's head of publishing, Scott Smith, said they will likely cut another 800 next year, according to a Dow Jones story picked up by Editor and Publisher. Publishing revenue has been flat this year, they said.
Also today: FitzSimons told PaidContent.org's Staci Kramer that the further-job-cuts story is wrong. And MoveOn tried to present FitzSimons with 45,000 online petitions in support of its protest against cuts at the Times and other Tribune newspapers.