THE Honolulu Star-Bulletin has announced 17 newsroom layoffs, a wage freeze and conversion from broadsheet to tabloid.
Citing the need to deal with the recession, the newspaper announced the steps on its Web site.
The daily Star-Bulletin will become similar in size to sister publication MidWeek, which is also dropping its relatively new weekend edition. The Star-Bulletin joins newspapers in creating editions that use less paper and cost less to print.
In addition to cutting 17 newsroom positions, other layoffs will occur elsewhere in parent company Oahu Publications, according to Dennis Francis, company president and publisher of the Star-Bulletin and Midweek.
The paper also announced closure of its bureaus on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island as it continues to rely on its Oahu reporters and wire services.
Source: editor & publisher