THIS is “right-sizing” the Chicago Tribune?

Chicago Tribune trims newsroom staff

By: Ann Saphir Feb. 12, 2009 (Crain’s) —

“The Chicago Tribune fired 20 members of its newsroom Thursday as it continues to cut costs amid declining ad revenue. The total, disclosed in a memo to employees late Thursday, brings cuts over the last year to more than 200, or nearly third of the paper’s news-gathering and editing staff. A Tribune spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment. The paper’s Rome and Jerusalem bureaus will be closed, though parent Tribune Co. will keep a scaled-back presence in Jerusalem, according to the memo from Tribune Editor Gerould Kern. “We must right-size the company in response to current economic realities and to prepare for the future,” he wrote. The layoffs included photographers, foreign correspondents and two Pulitzer Prize winners, people with direct knowledge of the cuts said. According to these people, among Thursday’s layoffs were Don Terry, who was part of a New York Times team that won a Pulitzer in 2001 for a series on race in America, business reporter Susan Chandler, food writer Emily Nunn and foreign correspondents Christine Spolar and Joel Greenberg. Also fired were multimedia producer Christopher Booker and comics coordinator Barbara Schaffner. Features writer Charles Leroux and assistant magazine editor Jeff Lyon, also a Pulitzer Prize winner, are leaving under a buyout offered last year but delayed when Tribune Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December.”