A massive round of layoffs was expected to begin being implemented today at the struggling New York Daily News, according to a report by The New York Post.
“The cuts at the teetering tabloid, which some insiders feared would range as high as 70 percent of staff, are expected to be among the largest in the paper’s 99-year history — and could include editor-in-chief Jim Rich, insiders said,” The Post reports. “On Monday, Rich’s job description on his Twitter home page was changed from Daily News Editor-in-Chief to ‘Just a guy sitting at home watching journalism being choked into extinction.’”
Rich also sent out a tweet Sunday in which he wrote: “If you hate democracy and think local governments should operate unchecked and in the dark, then today is a good day for you.”
The Post report adds: “Tronc, the paper’s Chicago-based parent, plans to radically tilt the News toward digital coverage and jettison many of its veteran journalists who built their reputations in print.”