February 11, 2015

Robert Feder

The Chicago Sun-Times hopes to eliminate 22 percent of its newsroom staff through buyouts and layoffs beginning Wednesday, Chicago media reporter Robert Feder writes.

The cuts are expected to target between 12 and 15 of the newspaper’s 68 positions affiliated with the Chicago Newspaper Guild, Feder writes. The guild voted to accept a buyout offer made by Sun-Times parent company Wrapports LLC Tuesday.

The staff reductions are the latest in recent years. In 2013, the paper laid off its 28-person photo staff. In March, the paper announced it would rehire four of those photographers. Earlier this month, the paper cut two video producers after claims made in 2013 that it planned to double down on video production.
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Wrapports LLC has undergone big changes in the past several months. In October, the company confirmed it would sell its 38 newspapers to Tribune Publishing, the publishing spinoff of Tribune Company. That same month, it rolled out a “mobile-first app network” of local news sites with editions in New York, Washington, D.C. and Tampa, Florida. In a press release, Wrapports said the sites would “offer content in a manner similar to websites such as Deadspin and Buzzfeed.”

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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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