Baltimore, Hartford Newspapers Slash Staff

Tribune Co. said Wednesday that it is cutting jobs at two newspapers. The Baltimore Sun will lose about 20 percent of its staff. The Hartford Courant will let go 25 percent of its workers.

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The troubled Tribune Media Company says its newspapers will reinvent themselves with brighter presentations and shorter stories. The company also announced just yesterday deep cuts at two of its well-regarded papers. NPR's David Folkenflik reports.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK: New Tribune executives say their papers' sagging paid circulation and advertising revenues can't financially support the papers they publish. So they'll become much smaller. First up: the Hartford Courant. It'll cut its new staff by a quarter and the number of pages it prints by the same amount. The Baltimore Sun's newsroom will be chopped by about 20 percent, and that's after a lot of earlier cuts. In just eight years, the Sun's staff will have been cut nearly in half from its high of 408 journalists. Tribune points to the new redesign of the Orlando Sentinel, emphasizing graphics, charts and bright color, but some reporters wonder where their watchdog coverage fits in. As for its big papers, in the next two months, the Chicago Tribune's editor will reveal how she will reduce her paper's size and staff. Los Angeles Times staffers expect the even deeper cuts there.

David Folkenflik, NPR News.

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