Monday, The Salt Lake Tribune newsroom lost a third of its staff through layoffs and retirement. Tuesday, we’re talking about what this means for the paper and for journalism in Utah.
Monday, The Salt Lake Tribune newsroom lost a third of its staff through layoffs and retirement. The 34 positions include reporters, editors, photographers, and others. When Paul Huntsman bought the Tribune from a hedge-fund in 2016, many hoped local ownership would make a difference for the struggling paper. But circulation and ad revenue continue to fall, which Huntsman says is the reason for the deep cuts. Tuesday, we’re talking about what this means for the paper and for journalism in Utah.
- Mike Gorrell, former business reporter, Salt Lake Tribune
- Ellen Fagg Weist, former arts reporter, Salt Lake Tribune
- Matthew LaPlante, Associate Professor of Journalism at Utah State University
- Ken Doctor, news industry analyst, President, Newsonomics, and Contributor, Nieman Labs
Learn about the 34 journalists who were laid off or took retirement today. Salt Lake Tribune digital editor Rachel Piper introduces readers to each of them in this twitter thread. Click on the box for the full series of tweets.
I'm lucky enough to still be in a job at @sltrib. 34 great journalists aren't. I just spent 20 minutes trying to craft this tweet but I just don't really know what else to say.
— Rachel Piper (@RachelTachel) May 14, 2018