Empty desks abound at media outlets

The number of US media jobs has hit a 15-year low - down 25% since 2000 - thanks mostly to the always-lagging newspaper sector. Not immune to the plague is The New York Times, where executive editor Bill Keller told staffers last week that about 100 jobs would be cut.

The number of US media jobs has hit a 15-year low – down 25% since 2000 – thanks mostly to the always-lagging newspaper sector. Not immune to the plague is The New York Times, where executive editor Bill Keller told staffers last week that about 100 jobs would be cut.

Spotlight: LA Times in turmoil

Staffers at the Los Angeles Times were already full of interesting stories before new boss Russ Stanton began his tenure less than a month after former editor James O'Shea announced he was leaving the paper. Then Tribune head honcho Sam Zell said it was cool to download porn at work. Then Statnon fired John Montorio, managing editor for features, who told the New York Observer he was “shocked.”

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