June 24, 2013

How many jobs did The Oregonian shed after it announced staff and home-delivery reductions last week? Willamette Week’s Aaron Mesh reports “about 95 employees” lost their jobs.

University of Oregon professor Suzi Steffen was more exact:

Asked about layoff numbers, Oregonian editor Peter Bhatia referred me to publisher N. Christian Anderson III, who told me in an email: “I am not commenting on the number of layoffs, either company-wide or in the newsroom. At any rate, not everyone who was offered a severance package may end up leaving.”

In an email, Bhatia told me the organization will hire more people. “Our goal is to keep reporter numbers where they are today — about 90,” he writes.

The Oregonian is owned by Advance. Steven Newhouse, chairman of Advance.net, told me last year that at his company’s New Orleans Times-Picayune, “the overall newsroom reduction [was] about 20 percent” following initial reductions. “[W]hen we’re fully staffed we’re gonna have a very significant content team,” Newhouse said last August.

Related: The Oregonian: Going the way of all newspapers? (Crosscut)

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