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Three photographers were among the 23 employees let go by The Providence Journal in layoffs Wednesday, Ian Donnis reports.

Connie Grosch, John Freidah and Ruben W. Perez lost their jobs in the purge. Grosch, Donnis writes,

is well known for her coverage of the Statehouse. She’s been a mainstay of the Smith Hill media for many years, offering insight into the human quality of politics through her photography.

Karen Bordeleau, deputy executive editor, said by phone that there are now 10 photographers left; they're among a group of 17 staffers who work on visuals.

The paper announced the layoffs Wednesday, saying they account for "5 percent of The Journal's workforce." One Journal staffer told Jim Romenesko, "maybe the Journal got tired of having others break our news.”

The layoffs follow an offer of buyouts this past September. Eleven employees took the buyout, The Journal reports.

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