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Managing the Tribune

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Last week, the Salt Lake Tribune let 34 people go and announced cuts to content. Monday, editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce joins us to discuss the decisions and how they’re envisioning the way forward.

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It’s been a hard month for Utah journalism. Last week, the Salt Lake Tribune let 34 people go and announced cuts to content. Monday, editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce is with us to discuss the health of the paper, why management made these decisions, and how they’re envisioning the way forward. The Ogden Standard Examiner also had layoffs this month, and it’s not just Utah. Media journalist Kristen Hare will also join us to talk about ways the crisis in journalism is leading to innovation.

Utah Journalism Losses: Like many markets around the country, Utah has had hard hits in journalism in the last decade. We've created this working list, and invite you to send us details on other layoffs and closures.

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  • At the Logan Herald Journal, the news staff has gone from 20 employees to 10 over the past decade, starting with the downturn triggered by the recession. Print circulation in that time has dropped from 15,000 daily to below 10,000. One big change through this period was a decision by the owners, Pioneer News Group out of Seattle, to switch all seven of its daily newspapers to a central design desk. This led to the elimination of four positions — positions not just devoted to page design but positions with multiple duties that included page layout along with editing and reporting. from Charles McCollum, Managing Editor, Logan Herald Journal

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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