TULSA - The Tulsa World newspaper announced Monday a reorganization plan that will result in the reduction of about 50 positions over the next several months.
Twelve positions were eliminated immediately.
Tulsa World President and Publisher Bill Masterson made the announcement in an internal memo to staff.
Citing "widespread industry norms," Masterson said the reorganization was made after a careful analysis by management.
The paper was bought by BH Media Group (http://bit.ly/Yt9Isk) earlier this year.
Masterson published an editorial Tuesday in the Tulsa World titled "Change coming to the World." The piece addresses the layoffs. Read the editorial here -- http://bit.ly/1bkzatu.
Memo sent to employees by President Bill Masterson July 15:
I know the events of the day have been stressful for some, but I hope there is relief with most that our path for the future is being laid out. Many times uncertainty about our future is the worst type of stress a person can have.
I understand that transition is difficult, but we are taking steps to ensure our position as the premier news and information source for Tulsa and the surrounding areas.
Later today, the Tulsa World will announce a reorganization that will reduce our staff by about 50 positions over the next several months. Twelve positions were eliminated immediately in the Administrative, Information Technology and Production departments. While 50 positions will be reduced from the Tulsa World payroll over time, our net reduction is closer to 40. Nine current World employees will still sit in their same seats but only work for and be paid by corporate payroll working on systems and projects that help BH Media as a whole, including us. This gives us a chance to prove our talents and possibly create additional support jobs if our company continues to grow and we are found to be a dependable solution for that growth.
This reorganization is made after careful analysis by the World’s management team that studied our operations. These operational changes are consistent with widespread industry norms.
For example, the circulation department will develop “distribution centers” where newspapers are picked up by carriers. This will eliminate the need for transporting bundles of newspapers to individual drop points throughout the region. In addition to lowering transportation costs, distribution centers will provide carriers with a safer and more weather-proof environment.
Additionally, the Tulsa World will gravitate to software systems used throughout the newspaper industry rather than creating proprietary software, which is more expensive to create and maintain.
As we continue to analyze our operations, it is likely that new positions will be created to drive our emerging businesses.
These steps include leveraging the resources we have as part of a much bigger company that will allow us to be competitive on all levels in the fast-paced digital world.
I hope you will join me in embracing these new practices and direction as we try to make the Tulsa World not only the best media company in Oklahoma, but in the country.
President & Publisher
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