Nov 14, 2009 9:36 AM by Associated Press
The Gazette in Colorado Springs has laid off 11 employees, including seven in the newsroom, leaving fewer than 300 people on the staff. President and Publisher Steve Pope said Friday that three employees in circulation and one in advertising also were cut.
The newspaper employed nearly 500 people in early 2007 but has cut its staff through attrition and several rounds of layoffs as advertising revenues have dipped across the industry. Pope says deteriorating economic conditions, particularly among retailers, auto dealers and the real estate industry, prompted cuts in the 2010 budget, triggering the layoffs.
The company already had tried to cut expenses through furloughs and 5 percent salary cuts.