Top editor Carolyn Washburn (left) told an employee meeting yesterday that The Des Moines Register "had done as much as it could to reduce expenses, but that it wasn’t enough,'' The Iowa Independent is now reporting. Washburn told employees there would likely be newsroom job cuts in coming months, the news blog says.
A Register spokeswoman said Thursday’s meeting was scheduled a month ago to discuss projects and priorities for the rest of the year, the Independent says, and the layoffs subject came up only upon questioning by staff. "We didn’t announce any layoffs,'' Susan Patterson Plank said. "We depend on businesses like retail and real estate that are going through tough times, and so we’re going through some tough times. So we’re certainly evaluating things.”
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