Times story does the numbers

With the 75 job cuts yesterday, which was another 10% of the staff, the newsroom has eliminated at least 250 positions this year, the paper's story says. The editorial staff size is now 660, down from 1,200 shortly after Tribune bought the company and brought in John Carroll to be editor. Paperwide, there were 200 positions cut in the past week or so. The Business section story blames "conditions across the newspaper industry, which is confronting sharply deteriorating print advertising revenue," and makes no mention of Sam Zell's financing issues.

Also: Columnist Richard Prince mentions some of the minority journalists who were laid off or left and quotes former LAT editor Frank Sotomayor, now at USC Annenberg: "The newest buyouts -- and force outs -- at L.A. Times represent another harsh setback to serious news coverage." Ex-sportswriter Lonnie White says, "'When I began, the LA Times had only one African American sportswriter (Chris Baker) and when I leave 21 years later,' there will be two (Kurt Streeter and Brad Turner)." Separately, L.A. activist Jasmyne Cannick blogs, "Am I going to have to start reading the New York Times to find out what's going on with Blacks in Los Angeles?"

More names added here: List of L.A. Times departures


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