April 11, 2014 Last Updated 1:31 pm

Digital First Media property Salt Lake Tribune cuts 8 positions, eliminates Faith section

The Salt Lake Tribune, a Digital First Media property, announced the elimination of 7 full-time and 1 part-time positions at the newspaper as the company sought to reduce costs following another period of poor earnings. The jobs being cut include positions in news, sports, editorial, photo, editing, page design, IT support and admin.

“We have good people in every position and a great staff. Making decisions like this is agonizing because there are no good decisions. Nobody in this room deserves this,” Tribune Editor and Publisher Terry Orme said in the paper’s report.

The Tribune is the largest-circulated daily newspaper in Salt Lake City, though the rival Deseret News has a larger Sunday circulation. The paper was founded originally as the Mormon Tribune in 1870, though it changed its position on Mormonism after its purchase in 19873 by three businessmen from outside Utah. In 2000 it became part of Dean Singleton’s MediaNews Group, but after that company went bankrupt in 2010 the group was taken over by the hedge fund Alden Global Capital which absorbed MediaNews Group into its new entity Digital First Media put another part of the company, Journal Register Company, into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012.

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