The Tacoma News Tribune will lay off 67 employees early next year, according to a filing with the state's Employment Security Department. It's not clear how many editorial employees will be affected by the layoffs.
The Tacoma News Tribune, the second largest newspaper by circulation in the state, announced last week that they would stop using their in-house printer and shift printing to other facilities around the region. The Olympian, a daily newspaper in nearby Olympia, also uses the Tacoma News Tribune's printers. Both companies are owned by McClatchy, one of the largest publicly traded newspaper companies in the country.
The layoffs, which will begin on Feb. 3 according to the state, were first reported by the Seattle Times. I reached out to David A. Zeeck, the newspaper's publisher and president, and Dale Phelps, the newspaper's editor. I will update this post if I can confirm any further details.
Update 10:45 a.m.:
Zeeck, the newspaper's publisher, said that no reporters or editors would be affected by the layoffs.
"The staff reductions are mostly part-time staff and all are related to printing and ad-inserting. No news positions are affected by this change," Zeeck said in an e-mail.