The lost summer of newspapers

Reporter: If you could’ve found out what Rosebud meant, I bet that would’ve explained everything.

Other reporter: No, I don’t think so; no. Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get, or something he lost.

With the curse of memory, a current roundup of retrenchment in the newspaper industry this summer:

— Newspapers cut Washington bureaus. WashPo’s Howie Kurtz writes the obituary for an industry giving up on covering the influence of national policy on regional issues. Editors explain why.
San Francisco Chronicle offers buyouts to another 125 journalists.
— Newark Star-Ledger says it will sell the paper unless the staff is cut by 20 percent.
The Buffalo News offers buyouts to 107 employees.
— Gannett announces it will eliminate 1,000 newspaper jobs, or about three percent of its workforce.
— Sarasota Herald-Tribune (a New York Times regional newspaper) cuts 33 jobs.
— Chicago Tribune to cut 80 newsroom jobs
— Orlando Sentinel quietly eliminates 20 percent of newsroom jobs.
— Tampa Tribune will lay off 21 in newsroom.
— Milwaukee Journal says it will cut 10% of its 1,300 employees.
— Palm Beach Post to cut 300 jobs, including 130 in the newsroom.
— Boston Herald plans to layoff 130 to 160 employees.
— McClatchy to shed 10% of its workforce across the company.
— Charlotte Observer reduces workforce by 123 positions.
— Sacramento Bee to cut 86 jobs.
— Miami Herald cuts 250 jobs.
— Kansas City Star cuts 120 jobs.
— Media General to eliminate 750 jobs by October.
— St. Pete Times avoids layoffs as 200 accept early retirement packages.
— Cox announces it plans to sell all but three of its newspaper holdings, including the Austin American-Statesman.

We’ve missed some, but you get the idea. Some newspaper sites have pulled web pages with stories announcing cutbacks.

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