USA Today to lay off 130 while revamping newsroom

Associated Press
Friday, August 27, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO -- USA Today, the nation's second-largest newspaper, is undergoing the most dramatic change in its newsroom staff in its almost 30-year history -- in what it says is an effort to deliver stories more quickly to mobile devices and produce more coverage likely to sell advertising.

The actions outlined Thursday will result in about 130 layoffs this fall, USA Today Publisher Dave Hunke said. That translates into a 9 percent reduction in USA Today's workforce of 1,500 employees. Hunke did not provide a departmental breakdown for the layoffs.

Like many newspapers, Gannett's USA Today has been cutting back in recent years to offset a steep drop in advertising.

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