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Courier-Journal cuts 7 jobs, including high-ranking editors

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Courier-Journal laid off seven newsroom employees, including managing editor Jean Porter and metro editor Mike Trautmann, in what it referenced as a restructuring move on Tuesday.

Courier-Journal marketing director Nancy Jo Trafton confirmed the cuts. An unspecified number of newsroom jobs will be added as part of the restructuring, she said.

Trafton declined to name the people or positions that were eliminated, but said the cuts "did not affect any reporters, any journalists covering beats and stories."

In an interview with Louisville Business First digital editor Carolyn Tribble Greer, Porter said that multimedia editor John Mura and data desk manager Mark Taflinger were let go. Copy editor Alan Wild also confirmed to WDRB that he was laid off, along with copy editor Jennifer Cash. Graphic artist Steve Reed also was among the layoffs.

Trautmann, widely regarded as one of the newsroom's hardest working employees, confirmed his dismissal on Twitter. It "appears (the newspaper) is headed in a different direction. I’m not part of the equation,” he wrote.

Porter, who joined The Louisville Times in 1983 and has been with the company since then, became managing editor in 2010.

"I did not see it coming. I was surprised," she told Business First. "I love The Courier, and I will miss it. I have nothing but good wishes for the people who are still there."

No other Courier-Journal departments were affected by the cuts, Trafton said.

The newspaper has eliminated dozens of jobs since 2008 in a series of layoffs and early retirement buyouts as parent Gannett Co. copes with an industry-wide decline in print advertising revenue.

In May of 2012, the Audit Bureau of Circulations listed The Courier-Journal's total weekday circulation as 154,033. That number had fallen to 124,828 by September of 2013. In the same span, Sunday circulation fell from 254,685 to 225,047. A revamping of newspaper websites by Gannett, the company that owns The Courier-Journal, produced fewer online-only subscriptions than the company had hoped, according to the latest revenue figures provided to stockholders.

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