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'USA Today' plans to slash 45 newsroom jobs

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McLean, Va.—USA Today, the flagship newspaper of Gannett Co., plans to cut 45 newsroom jobs, or 8.8% of the editorial staff, the newspaper announced in a memo distributed to the staff last week.

"It's unfortunate that we have to take these steps, particularly when our newspaper circulation is growing and USAToday.com has been named the top news Web site in the country by the Online News Association,” USA Today Editor Ken Paulson said in the memo. “Unfortunately, revenue has not kept pace and we're now facing the same cutbacks that so many other news organizations have already experienced."

For the six months ended Sept. 30, USA Today's circulation grew 1% to 2.3 million, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Third-quarter ad revenue fell 6.6% compared with the same period last year, according to Gannett.

—Matthew Schwartz

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