Review-Journal reduces staff, stays committed to local news

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has trimmed staff from each of its departments to make the operation more efficient, the publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal said Friday.

Publisher Bob Brown declined to say how many people lost their jobs in the most recent round of layoffs, but he confirmed the layoffs affected all departments, including the newsroom.

Some of the newspaper's operations hadn't been re-evaluated in decades, Brown said.

"We looked at all our processes and re-evaluated our work flow," Brown said. "And we were able to find efficiencies.

"We remain committed to strong watchdog journalism and being the No. 1 leader in local news," Brown said.

Brown said no one wants layoffs, but he expects Nevada's largest newspaper to be a leaner, more agile organization focused on local coverage. The newspaper has an average daily circulation of 166,000, and 190,000 on Sundays, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations' most recent figures.

"Our advertisers and readers will see absolutely no impact at all," he said. "We're not losing any story count, we're not losing any pages, we're not losing any features."