Herald-Leader to cut more jobs

The Herald-Leader announced more cuts to its work force Monday. Publisher Timothy M. Kelly said the newspaper's revenue trends "remain negative year-over-year. ... As a result, we must continue to look for ways to offset shortfalls by managing expenses."

The company will eliminate 15 positions, including four that are vacant. According to Kelly, voluntary severance options will be offered in some work groups; others will be involuntary. The affected employees and work groups, which are in the newspaper's advertising, news and operations divisions, were notified Monday.

Before the latest cuts, the newspaper had the equivalent of 243 full-time employees. That's down from 370 at the time of the newspaper's first round of layoffs in June 2008.

Since then, the Herald-Leader has had a series of job cuts as it struggles because of the economy and increased competition online. The Herald-Leader is owned by The McClatchy Co., based in Sacramento, Calif.

In recent days, McClatchy-owned newspapers in Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; Kansas City, Mo.; Miami and elsewhere have announced staff cuts.

Last week, Kelly announced he would retire June 3 after 15 years as Herald-Leader publisher. McClatchy announced that Rufus M. Friday, president and publisher of the Tri-City Herald in eastern Washington state, would be Kelly's successor.