Los Angeles Times to cut over 10% of newsroom jobs

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    The executive editor of the Los Angeles Times, Kevin Merida, announced on Wednesday that the newspaper would be reducing its newsroom staff by more than 10 percent. In an email to the staff, Merida explained that the company would be undergoing a restructuring process, resulting in the elimination of 74 positions. Approximately 500 employees will remain, according to Hillary Manning, a spokesperson for the news organization. Merida attributed the restructuring to the ongoing economic challenges faced by the media industry nationwide and emphasized the need for radical transformation to ensure the newspaper’s long-term sustainability. Despite the upcoming difficulties, Merida expressed confidence in the publication’s future and its potential to evolve into a next-generation digital powerhouse. The Los Angeles Times, owned by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and his wife, Michele B. Chan, has made significant investments in the newsroom since their acquisition in 2018. The decision to cut jobs comes as the media industry grapples with the increasingly challenging economics exacerbated by the pandemic. The specific departments affected by the layoffs were not disclosed, but reports indicate that editing, audio production, and audience engagement roles will be impacted. The L.A. Times Guild, the union representing the newsroom employees, expressed outrage at the decision, stating that they were not consulted about alternative cost-cutting measures during contract negotiations. Several other media organizations, including CNN, Gannett, The Washington Post, and NPR, have also implemented staff reductions in recent months.