Walnut Creek Patch
MediaNews' Bay Area News Group, which includes the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times, The Oakland Tribune and other papers, cut 34 positions on Tuesday. Walnut Creek Patch reports that 10 of the cuts were voluntary; that matches the expectations of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, which said on its website last week that about 25 people would be laid off after "several workers quit or stepped forward for a voluntary layoff" and the company reduced its freelance expenses. || Related: Such cutbacks increase the importance of independent sites like Oakland Local (CJR) || Earlier: Oakland Tribune, other BANG papers to retain mastheads; end Monday home delivery (Poynter.org)