Six months ago, I wrote a similar headline. Today, after hearing from a source inside the Times that "we have some layoffs coming," I asked the newspaper's spokeswoman, Jill Mackie, whether additional cuts are indeed on the way.
"Yes," she replied, explaining:
While the deepest impacts of the recession have softened, there are still some lingering effects. To the degree possible, we have managed these impacts by remaining laser focused on keeping our costs in alignment with anticipated revenue on an ongoing basis. As a part of this, we have been reworking our workflow and systems in the company to find efficiencies. Some of these efforts result in our ability to accomplish our work with fewer people.
Regrettably, there will be a very modest number of reductions in staff—a combination of voluntary departures and limited layoff. Details are still being worked out. Departures are likely to occur between early August and the end of September.
UPDATE: Mackie adds that the current number of expected departures—whether through layoffs or "voluntary separations"—is "approximately 12."
That's for the whole Seattle Times operation, which currently has over 1,000 full- and part-time employees.
In the newsroom, which has about 200 employees, Mackie said the number is expected to be "in the single digits."