Editing not a ‘core function’ for newspaper

The Toronto Star Publisher John Cruickshank, in announcing buyouts or layoffs that could affect the whole company, says the paper is “exploring the possibility of contracting out some work in both copy editing and pagination.”

”We must find the best way to operate our business at the lowest possible cost, including contracting out non-core functions where there is a sound business case to do so,” the publisher of Canada’s largest-circulation daily wrote in a memo to employees Tuesday.

The Star plans to contract out as many as 100 union editing jobs, the AP report says. The newspaper has 390 employees in the editorial department.

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