MIAMI — About 175 employees at The Miami Herald will lose their jobs, and most of the remaining full-time staff will see their salaries reduced as the newspaper tries to cut costs amid plunging advertising revenue.
The layoffs include 33 full-time and eight part-time positions in the newsroom.
Another 30 vacant positions across the entire newspaper will go unfilled.
Staffers who survive the layoffs will endure pay cuts _ 5 percent for those making between $25,000 and $50,000, and 10 percent for those earning more _ starting March 23. One-week unpaid furloughs will be implemented in April, Publisher David Landsberg said in a staff memo Wednesday.
"All of these are difficult decisions, especially when it means saying goodbye to so many of our friends and colleagues," Landsberg said. "But we must make these additional cuts to ensure the viability of our newspapers and to adjust to new competitive and economic realities."
The cuts are part of a 15 percent job reduction announced Monday by the newspaper's owner, McClatchy Co., as part of efforts to seek at least $110 million in savings over the next year because the recession has sharply reduced advertising sales.
In clipping 1,600 jobs in the latest round, McClatchy has downsized its work force by nearly a third in less than a year.
Many other McClatchy newspapers already have announced job cuts.
The Herald is trimming approximately 19 percent of its work force across the entire newspaper, and the layoffs include management and staff at the newspaper's Spanish-language publication, El Nuevo Herald.
The reductions in the newsroom are spread across all departments. Some staff will work shorter hours "as a way to lower costs without losing the full positions," Anders Gyllenhaal, the Herald's executive editor, told staff in a separate e-mail. Also, smaller beats would be covered on a freelance basis instead of by a full-time reporter.
Neither Landsberg nor Gyllenhaal was available for additional comment, Herald spokeswoman Dori Robau said. Robau could not provide further details on the newspaper's current employment levels.
Other cost-saving measures include leasing one floor of the Herald's building in downtown Miami, ceasing its international edition and shrinking the paper's width to reduce newsprint costs, Landsberg said.
All management bonuses have been cut this year, too.
McClatchy's stock was up 2 cents to close at 44 cents Wednesday.