BusinessWeek Cuts Staff as Digital, Print Merge

Editorial Staffers Reassigned to Work on Both Web, Magazine

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NEW YORK ( -- BusinessWeek laid off a dozen editorial and business employees amid new integration of its digital and print editorial operations. The new structure will be phased in this month.

"For the past three years, we've been moving progressively toward integrating our print and digital operations -- by increasing reporters' contributions to, combining our overseas bureaus and copy-desk teams and seating together everyone within a given coverage area," said Editor in Chief Stephen J. Adler in an internal memo that was posted on Talking Biz News. "Today we complete this vital transformation by creating a single editorial organization for BusinessWeek. The new structure will enable us to collaborate more effectively, take greater advantage of everyone's abilities, learn new skills and serve our readers and web users better."

Eight chief editors
Under the new arrangement, eight chief editors will direct print and online coverage of various subjects such as small business, innovation and news. But the site and the magazine, which recently received a redesign, will each have a managing editor of its own, Mr. Adler said, citing the need for production skills specific to each platform.

BusinessWeek reported an average paid circulation of 919,343 for the first half of the year, down slightly from the first half of 2006 on a 2% decline in subscriptions and a 25.3% increase in newsstand sales, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Ad pages from January through the Dec. 10 issue fell 17.6% from the equivalent period last year, according to the Media Industry Newsletter, although the period in 2006 included four more issues.

Mr. Adler's memo said the site received 64.7 million page views in November.
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