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BANG: 48 newsroom positions to be eliminated

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The 120 jobs to be slashed as part of the Bay Area News Group downsizing/rebranding includes image48 newsroom positions, Pacific Media Workers Guild executive officer Carl Hall tells KQED News intern Nick Fountain. An excerpt:

"Its shocking to contemplate any change of this scale," Hall said. "You're talking about the loss of jobs on a mass scale and nobody knows whose job exactly is going to be cut, so everybody is trying to figure out what's going to happen to my job, my bureau, my newspaper."

Hall said the "strategic realignment" may make business sense, but "certainly cost -cutting is driving it. The newspaper industry as a whole has not been able to figure out what kind of business plan will work in the environment we're in..."You don't see a lot of creative vision out of the newspaper business (and) we the workers are paying the price.

Listen to the interview.

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