S-L staff SOL?

Many are, according to this piece in the New York Times‘ “Media Decoder” column, which reports that another round of buyouts are in the offing, on top of the 150 from the past year, about 40 percent of the total newsroom.

Although the memo carried the subject line of “voluntary” buyout offers, there was the sound of a gun being cocked further into the narrative. Like all regional newspapers, The Star-Ledger has suffered from circulation declines, the loss of classifieds and a reduction in display ads as a result of retail consolidation and a brutal broader economy. Despite talk of recovery elsewhere, the news at The Star-Ledger sounds pretty grim, and the region that Mr. Willse once called “a game preserve of corruption” will now have even less reporting to hold its officials accountable.

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