Downsizing and voluntary buyouts at the Orange County Register
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.