Chicago Tribune Lays Off 40

Bang bang Chicago’s silver hammer came down upon their heads….ba-dum-dum-dum…

The Chicago Tribune shed more than 40 newsroom employees today, which, coupled with last week’s voluntary exit of more than 30 journalists, means the paper has cut 80 people from its editorial staff as part of cost-cutting campaign at all of parent Tribune Co.’s newspapers.

“Endings are never easy,” Tribune editor Gerould W. Kern said in a note to staff, adding that “with the departure of 80 individuals through today, the editorial staff of the Chicago Tribune stands at 480, the largest news organization in Chicago by a wide margin and one of the largest and most accomplished in the United States. … While painful, these staff reductions are necessary to establish the foundation for a sustainable future.”

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