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Des Moines Register fires 41 employees

Posted in Brian Duffy, economy, Gannett, layoffs, The Des Moines Register by adambsullivan on December 4, 2008

The Des Moines Register publisher  Laura Hollingsworth announced today that the paper is laying off 41 employees — roughly 7 percent of its workforce — and leaving an additional 15 positions vacant.

In a statement, Hollingsworth blamed recent economic conditions for the terminations. However, earlier this year, Gannett (the media company that publishes 85 daily newspapers including the Register) announced that it would gradually trim 10 percent of its workforce.

The Register is often regarded as one of the premier publications in the Midwest (it maintains the 50th largest circulation in the U.S.). In fact, in the mid-1980’s, only one newspaper (The New York Times) had won more Pulitzer Prizes than Des Moines-based publication. However, since the paper was bought by Gannett in 1985 it has achieved only two Pulitzers.

The layoffs include editorial cartoonist Brian Duffy. Duffy has long been a staple of the Register’s front page. The Register was likely the last newspaper in the nation to feature a daily editorial cartoon on the front page.

Personally, I’m glad I don’t make enough to be fired.


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