Post-Dispatch lays off 6 newsroom employees

Four copy editors, one photographer and an editor were laid off Tuesday.

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  1. Four copy editors, one photographer and an assistant metro editor were laid off today from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis. 
  2. One of the copy editors was a part-time employee; all others were full-time employees.

    Newsroom employees can volunteer to take the place of a laid off employee, according to an internal memo from Post-Dispatch managers. Employees have until June 5 to do so.

    Post-Dispatch editor Arnie Robbins retired on Friday. Editorial page editor Gilbert Bailon has taken over. 
  3. In March, Lee Enterprises Chief Executive Officer Mary Junck was awarded a $500,000 bonus for refinancing the bankrupt newspaper chain's debt. The Post-Dispatch is owned by Lee.
  4. The Post-Dispatch laid off a marketing and an information technology employee in February, and 37 employees in 2011.
  5. Editor's note: I am a former Post-Dispatch employee; I resigned in April 2012.
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