More Trouble for The Charlotte Observer

It's looking like tough times at The Charlotte Observer. Already, the paper has outsourced several jobs, eliminated others, and offered buyouts to several newsroom staffers. (More than a dozen accepted the buyouts, which were concentrated in the regional bureaus and a lifestyle areas.) The paper recently redesigned, saving money on newsprint. Now, its parent company, McClatchy, says it will have to eliminate 10% of its total workforce in yet another cost-saving effort. And this morning, Observer publisher Ann Caulkins sent a memo to the staff announcing the elimination of 123 more positions, in all departments, through a combination of layoffs and buyouts.
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