The Salt Lake Tribune is reducing its staff by nearly 20 percent, the newspaper announced Thursday evening.
Editor Nancy Conway and Editorial Page Editor Vern Anderson are retiring at the end of the month, and publisher William Dean Singleton is stepping down. Tribune Managing Editor Terry Orme will become editor and publisher of the Digital First Media paper.
The Salt Lake Tribune explained in an unbylined piece:
The retirements are part of a major restructure of The Tribune news operation, which will include laying off 17 full-time and two part-time employees. All told, The Tribune staff will be reduced by almost 20 percent. The cuts help position the organization to adapt and respond to changes that affect the entire newspaper industry.
Some laid-off staffers have been tweeting about the news.
Brutal day at @sltrib. Thanks everyone for the support. Your Jazz coverage team will remain the same. (Sorry about that.)
— Bill Oram (@tribjazz) September 12, 2013
— Scott Sherman (@scottbsherman) September 13, 2013
— Rachel Piper (@RachelTachel) September 13, 2013
It has been my honor to work at The Salt Lake Tribune. I will be at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any work opportunities.
— David Burger, SLTrib (@davidburger) September 12, 2013