Chicago Tribune cuts 53 editorial jobs

April 22, 2009 (CHICAGO) The newspaper says the cuts are part of a newsroom reorganization designed to help it weather the economic downturn.

The Tribune's editor announced the layoffs in a memo to employees.

The reductions leave the newspaper with a staff of about 430. That's down from about 670 more than three years ago.

The Tribune says it plans to focus its coverage more narrowly on the Chicago area and will expand its local news operation.

The paper's parent company filed for bankruptcy back in December.

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