Itís not a pretty picture:
--The WSJ's L.A. bureau is losing two reporters and a mail clerk, part of about 25 cuts paperwide. That's apparently the largest hit being taken by any of the Journal bureaus. Also, effective this Friday, the paper's research library in NY is shutting down and the two remaining librarians are out. Phase-out had been first scheduled for March 23, but it's being moved up.
--Hearst will be announcing a decision on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer next week. In early January, the media giant had said that if no buyer were found within 60 days the paper would be shut down. There is the possibility that the Web site will be maintained. Earlier this week, there had been rumors about today being the last day of publication.
--The Miami Herald is firing 19 percent of its workforce, part of the big cutback announced by parent company McClatchy earlier in the week. All told, 205 positions are being eliminated, including 33 full-time and eight part-time newsroom spots. Those remaining staff will see their hours cut.