I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the 40 people who were involuntarily let go at the Chicago Tribune last Friday. Among the staffers let go, according to Michael Miner’s blog, were veteran copy editor Charlie Dickenson and writer/editor Pat Kampert.

I know them both and, frankly, it’s a big loss. Both are very talented writers and copy editors (and in Charlie’s case, an accomplished author). Their talents, combined with the talents of the others let go, will be nearly impossible to replicate.

Yes, the business needs to change and become leaner. But I worry that we’re losing the very knowledge base that give our newspapers the credibility our readers demand.

UPDATE: The Rockford Register-Star lays of 13 staffers and closes its Springfield bureau. I assume they will expect the Springfield Journal-Register, a fellow GateHouse Media newspaper, to help pick up the loss of state legislature news.

For the big picture on newspaper losses, check out Erica Smith’s pretty comprehensive Paper Cuts blog.

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