As part of an initiative to hold back expenses, the Daily Herald on Wednesday reduced its workforce by 9 employees across several departments, including news, circulation, finance and graphics.
The layoffs represent about a 10 percent reduction of force overall. The company continues to be a profitable unit of its parent, Lee Enterprises, a major provider of local news, information and advertising in 51 markets nationally.
"These difficult decisions position us to continue moving forward as we always have in serving our readers and advertisers," Herald publisher Rona Rahlf said.
Overall, Lee in its first quarter reduced cash costs by 3.7 percent compared to a year ago, a result of improved efficiencies. It expects operating expenses to be down 3.5 to 4.5 percent for the year. The company said it is also a year ahead of projections in paying down acquisition debt.