Downsizing and voluntary buyouts at the Orange County Register

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In this April 8, 2014 photo provided by the Los Angeles Register, some of the newspaper's staff pose for a photo with the Los Angeles skyline in the background. Editor Ron Sylvester is at center right in the dark suit. Former greeting card executive Aaron Kushner is trying to turn the Orange County Register into a media giant in southern California, largely driven by paper and ink. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Register, Leonard Ortiz)

In this April 8, 2014 photo provided by the Los Angeles Register, some of the newspaper’s staff pose for a photo with the Los Angeles skyline in the background. Editor Ron Sylvester is at center right in the dark suit. Former greeting card executive Aaron Kushner is trying to turn the Orange County Register into a media giant in southern California, largely driven by paper and ink. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Register, Leonard Ortiz)

Dozens of veteran journalists have applied for voluntary buyouts at the Orange County Register, and those who haven’t are bracing for layoffs.

According to the LA Times, Register owner Aaron Kushner told employees that the paper’s revenue is growing but not as fast as he had anticipated when he bought the Register nearly two years ago.

The cuts are expected to wipe out the staffing gains the paper made during a highly publicized hiring spree, when Kushner bucked a nationwide trend of newsroom downsizing and launched two papers, The Long Beach Register and the Los Angeles Register.

One Register staffer said he was told that the paper needed to trim $6 million, a move that could slash 100 of 350 newsroom jobs.

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