USA Today is reorganizing and as a result will be laying off about 130 people this fall – about a 9% cut in its 1,500 work force.
As part of the 28-yr old paper’s “makeover,” it will “de-emphasize” its print edition and ramp up efforts to reach more readers and advertisers on mobile devices. The AP reports that as part of its first round of changes, USA Today will no longer have separate managing editors overseeing its News, Sports, Money and Life sections. The newsroom will be broken up into a cluster of “content rings.” A company press release announces the creation of 5 new departments, along with the managers named. Susan Weiss will oversee the newly created content group.
USA Today, like many newspapers around the country, has been severely affected by a plunge in circulation and advertising.