Newsroom budget cuts by MediaNews have been met with protests in Southern California and a warning from the Society of Professional Journalists in Northern California.
In Southern California, MediaNews is merging the 65,000-circulation Torrance Daily Breeze and the 88,000 Long Beach Press-Telegram, which will eliminate 19 jobs and put the two papers under the same local management based in Torrance, according to AP. Staff at the Long Beach paper who were not immediately laid off were told to go to the Torrance office for interviews for their same positions, according to a report in the Cal State Long Beach 49er. The Long Beach operation, once a jewel in the Knight Ridder crown, will essentially become a bureau for the Torrance paper. [Click for MORE]
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