The Southern California News Group has begun a round of layoffs announced to staff as imminent "involuntary terminations," earlier in January, the Los Angeles Business Journal reports.

The group, owned by Digital First Media, operates 11 papers, including the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register.

Employees in sports and photography at some papers had been notified of layoffs, according to an SCNG spokesman, the business journal reported. It was not clear who had been laid off or how many employees lost their jobs.

"Like our counterparts in the industry, Southern California News Group is making some difficult but necessary decisions with respect to our newsroom staffing to find efficiencies in how we operate and better position our organization for its digital future," SCNG President and Publisher Ron Hasse said in an e-mail, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.

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