Chicago Sun-Times lays off 17

January 24, 2008 9:42:17 AM PST
The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off 17 reporters and editors and cut another 12 newsroom jobs through voluntary buyout packages as part of a push to drastically reduce costs.Fourteen full-time and three part-time newsroom staff members were notified of their layoffs in Wednesday night telephone calls from their bosses.

Misha Davenport, the Newspaper Guild's co-chairman at the Sun-Times, disclosed the layoff total Thursday and noted it was better than feared because of the buyout packages accepted voluntarily.

Parent Sun-Times Media Group Inc. had said earlier this month that it planned to eliminate as many as 35 union-covered jobs in the newsroom of the city's second-largest newspaper.