February 24th, 2010 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

The Oregonian Lays Off 37 People (UPDATED)

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As promised last fall, layoffs at The Oregonian have started.

Here's the release from The Oregonian, which says most of the 37 layoffs have taken place in the newsroom with "smaller numbers in advertising, circulation and accounting.

We're working to confirm the names of people we've heard so far who got notified, and will update this post when that happens.

UPDATE: Among the veteran reporters and editors whose names are starting to surface among the laid-off staff are transportation reporter Dylan Rivera, columnist Margie Boule, A & E editor Shawn Vitt, photo editor Patty Reksten and food writer Karen Brooks.

UPDATE II: Also columnist Andy Parker. And aside from the incoming names, there's talk of major retribution for remaining employees who leak identities of laid-off staffers and apparently an afternoon meeting inside the newsroom to discuss where things go from here.

A quickie analysis is —painful as this is for those who got laid off— it provides at least some relief to those who remain that the lingering question of who was going to get let go has passed for the moment.

Of course, the layoffs of staff with that much institutional knowledge make it that much harder for those who remain to put out a newspaper each day. And that of course raises the next question for new publisher N. Christian Anderson III of whether the paper will continue to be published seven days a week.
 
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