Editor's note: The post below states that the layoffs Wednesday were the first forced terminations the newsroom has had since the Lee acquisition. We got that information from the St. Louis Newspaper Guild both in interviews with the guild yesterday and last month when we wrote about Lee's desire to shrink the newsroom. We've been unable to reach the guild today (Thursday) for clarification.
An archive search of Daily RFT shows that we have indeed written about other firings in the newsroom, so as readers have pointed out in the comment section, Twitter and emails, perhaps yesterday's post was incorrect. Or perhaps yesterday's terminations was the first time guild members have been fired. We're attempting to get answers. In the meantime, the original post from yesterday follows:
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