Friday was a dark day at Hearst’s Connecticut newspapers. The Laurel has learned that a number of layoffs took place (one estimate from a reliable source is 12-15). The casualties include:
Debra West, whose title was managing editor/digital, but who served as politics editor. So with a little over a week until the statewide election, the person overseeing politics is gone.
Joe Meyers of the Features Desk.
The managing editor for the weekly newspapers. This comes one week after Hearst acquired 6 additional weekly papers.
The 3 full-time graphics page designers.
The managing editor for Stamford who oversees a group of metro/local reporters.
Two photographers. The Stamford Advocate now has no photographers.