Round two: More layoffs at the ‘Daily News,’ outer-borough desks expected to take hits
Following yesterday's bloodletting, Daily News journalists were bracing this morning for another batch of pink slips to be handed out in the tabloid's newsroom.
A second round of layoffs has been planned for today, Capital has confirmed, with speculation focusing on employees in the tabloid's outer-borough bureaus in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.
The current downsizing, attributed to what News brass is characterizing as a digitally focused "restructuring," is the first mass culling since late 2011.
Yesterday's cuts claimed more than a dozen jobs, including those of longtime veterans Joanna Molloy and Albor Ruiz. It was unclear how many more would be let go.
"The Daily News does not comment on personnel matters," a spokesperson told Capital when asked about the layoffs.
For more context on the state of the Daily News you can read my earlier item here.
UPDATE, 4:30 PM: As expected, journalists in all three bureaus have been let go today, including the paper's three bureau chiefs: Patrice O'Shaughnessy (Bronx), Paul Shin (Queens) and Joanne Wasserman (Brooklyn). Sources were unsure of the total number of today's layoffs, but several said it was less than 10.
Meanwhile, News editor Colin Myler and president Bill Holiber addressed the cuts in a memo to staff this afternoon.
"If we are going to become more successful, the harsh reality is that we have to change how we work," they wrote. "This restructuring is at the heart of our strategy to better secure our future as we navigate the difficult journey as a print/digital/media business."
You can read the full memo here.