Several employees at the Louisville Courier-Journal are being laid off as part of a nationwide two percent staff reduction by parent company Gannett. In the largest round of layoffs since 2009, Gannett will cut 700 employees from newspapers across the country. The Gannett Blog is reporting confirmation that 36 Courier-Journal employees have been laid off. You can track the numbers here.
Sources tell WFPL that many of the cuts are in the Velocity and Neighborhoods sections. The editor and at least two staff members of Velocity have reportedly been let go, effectively gutting the separate weekly publication distributed by the Courier.
A similar publication in Indianapolis recently folded. It was part of the Gannett and Tribune Company joint venture MetroMix, which is online-only in Louisville.
Courier publisher Arnold Garson was unavailable for comment.