Updated: Free Press to lay off reporters, cut newsroom

By Steve Neavling

The Detroit Free Press plans to sizably reduce its staff of reporters, and one of its top editors is leaving, Editor and Publisher Paul Anger told trepidation newspaper employees today.

Anger said the cuts “won’t be tiny,” according to three reporters and an editor who were at the meeting.

Another blow to the Fee Press is the exit of editor Jeff Taylor, a talented senior manager and 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner who will head the Indianapolis Star.

The Indianapolis Star wrote about Taylor’s arrival today.

The Free Press is owned by media giant Gannett Co., which has slashed jobs at its other newspapers for the past few years because of declining revenue.

But the Free Press has largely dodged layoffs with other newsroom cuts – until now.

It’s unclear how many reporters and photographers will be let go.
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Anger wasn’t specific about the job cuts, only saying the staff would be reduced.

An editor confirmed to Muckraker that layoffs will be inevitable.

The move raises question about the Free Press’ standing in a weakening market that includes another daily newspaper, the Detroit News.

The Free Press has already reduced delivery days from seven to three.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.