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Chicago Tribune Reduces...

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"With today's actions, we are making the leap to a newsroom structure that we believe is sustainable barring further significant declines in advertising revenue," an article posted on the paper's website quoted Tribune Editor Gerould Kern as saying.

The newspaper, whose parent Tribune Co, had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last December, said in a letter to its staff that cuts are part of a newsroom reorganisation that "will focus us more clearly on our core mission" going forward with a news-gathering team of 430.

"We are navigating through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. We are weathering a fundamental disruption in the media business model. We will meet these challenges by acting resolutely to win here in Chicago." Kern said while employees would be exiting the newspaper now, others would join the newsroom over time as the company "invests in new skills necessary to grow in the future".

Chicago Tribune had around 670 newsroom positions 3 years ago. He said the newspaper would concentrate its resources and energies on "covering the Chicago area better than anyone else" across all platforms.

(PTI)