The Village Voice Media-owned alt-weekly for Minneapolis, Minn., City Pages, has cut two positions, reports David Brauer. That might not seem like a lot, but it’s a third of the paper’s six-person reporting staff.
The only actual layoff was food writer Rachel Hutton, but an open reporting position won’t be filled, Brauer says.
“Rachel was doing a great job,” editor Kevin Hoffman told Brauer, but the food ads just weren’t coming in. “I’m hoping this is a temporary loss, and we will eventually be able to get someone else in that role at a lesser rate. … We’re still deeply committed to the local food community.”
City Pages will now rely on freelancers to handle food features in print and online. A bigger freelance budget will also help the paper commission big cover stories.