July 22, 2016

For the second year in a row, Pittsburgh-based Trib Total Media announced a round of buyouts aimed at sharply reducing newsroom headcount, the latest phase of its “strategic growth plan.”

About 100 of the company’s 585 full-time employees are expected to accept the buyout offer, which comes less than a year after the company laid off 153 employees, according to an unbylined report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The company’s plan, as outlined in November: Close or consolidate its newspapers, reduce circulation and invest in digital ventures.

The new phase includes the consolidation of the Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Valley News Dispatch into one paper, the Tribune-Review. The consolidation will result in the closing of TTM’s Greensburg printing operation and a reduced home delivery footprint in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.

Pittsburgh is a relatively rare two-newspaper town which is also home to the Block Communications-owned Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A new website, The Incline, is preparing to launch in the city with the backing of newspaper company Gannett.

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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
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