Tuesday saw yet another round of layoffs at The Kansas City Star. Former business reporter Dan Margolies wasn't around to write the story (he'd left the paper in October to join Reuters' Washington bureau), an unfortunate part of his former job.
The unbylined story announced that the daily had laid off "about a dozen employees" and "eliminated a similar number of unfilled positions." The names are out there, but they weren't the "big names" some were ghoulishly anticipating. The story also quotes an e-mail from publisher Mark Zieman, who told the Star's employees that "it seems clear that the worst days of this economic downturn are behind us."
Yet, Zieman hinted that more layoffs are always a possibility. "Nevertheless, we must and will continue to adjust expenses downward until we are safely through this historic recession."
The Star underwent several rounds of layoffs in 2009.
The survivors have one thing to look forward to. In December, the Star's parent company, McClatchy, announced an end to the company-wide wage freeze.