The Tampa Bay Times has cut its newsroom staff by 16, according to the Poynter Institute, which owns the paper. The Times is the sixth-largest paper in the nation.
“In October, the Tampa Bay Times eliminated jobs throughout the organization, including nine full-time positions in the newsroom and seven part-time jobs,” said a statement from Executive Editor Mark Katches. “The reductions are necessary as the Times realigns its business for the future,” he said.
“Although saying goodbye to talented journalists is never easy, we're also actively hiring for mission critical jobs that will keep us moving forward,” Katches said. “We’ve been adding to our investigative reporting team and are planning to hire digital producers and a deputy editor overseeing digital strategy and audience engagement.”
Last spring the Times cut 50 positions companywide due to falling ad revenues and a rise in newsprint costs linked to tariffs, Poynter said.