Tampa Tribune Lays Off Newsroom Employees

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Tribune is shedding more of its newsroom staff, laying off 18 employees, including a longtime columnist and the editorial page editor.

Monday's cuts are part of a staff reduction across the Florida
Communications Group, and the latest in an industry plagued by
declining circulation and advertising revenues.

Some 80 positions were cut from around the company. Daniel Ruth,
a popular metro columnist, and editorial page editor Rosemary
Goudreau, were among those cut.

The Tribune's newsroom had 265 employees in January; with Monday's cuts, it now has 193.

The paper's executive editor did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

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