Layoffs hit Daily News again

The Daily News is downsizing again, as we reported earlier in Capital’s morning media newsletter.

Multiple sources said that buyouts have recently been offered to some employees and that layoffs have been enacted yesterday and today.

No official word yet on names, the total number of cuts or which departments have been affected, but sources told Capital that photo and advertising have both taken hits. Three sources put the number of newsroom pink slips at 17, and we’ve confirmed that long-time veterans as well as newer and younger reporters are among them.

“I’ve been let go,” one News journalist wrote to colleagues in an email obtained by Capital. “It’s been an honor working with all of you. I’m going to miss it.”

The downsizing, which had been rumored for more than a month, follows a substantial bloodletting of journalists that occurred in May 2013.

It also comes several weeks after a precipitous newsstand price-hike, from $.75 to $1.25.

A spokesman for the paper did not respond to calls and emails seeking confirmation. This comes as buyouts were announce as nineteen veteran journalists at the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune are taking a buyout and leaving the paper. Most are slated to depart July 18.

All 19 are members of the Newspaper Guild and took advantage of a union clause that calls for up to 26 weeks of severance pay for employees leaving upon a sale.

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor signed a purchase agreement for the paper in May and closed on the sale for an undisclosed cash amount at the end of June.

“Together, these 19 people represent 586 years of service to the Star Tribune,” said Star Trib Editor-in-Chief Rene Sanchez. “We will greatly miss them and all they have contributed to the newsroom and to the Star Tribune.”