USA Today Plans 'Radical Overhaul,' Staff Slash

9% of workers cut as focus switches from print
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2010 1:41 AM CDT
USA Today Plans 'Radical Overhaul,' Staff Slash
USA Today's advertising sales have fallen by almost 50% since 2006.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

USA Today will be laying off 9% of its 1,500 workers in what execs describe as a radical overhaul. The 28-year-old paper, struggling with falling circulation and advertising sales, plans to focus less on its print edition and more on producing content for the Internet and mobile devices, AP reports.

The shake-up and the need to generate more revenue won't affect its commitment to investigative journalism, executives insisted. "Under no circumstances do we ever compromise our integrity," said publisher Dave Hunke. "But I don't see any problem with finding out ways to build out strategies that work for advertisers. Frankly, if we do that, we will have a very prosperous future and we are going to stay in the journalism business." (Read more USA Today stories.)

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