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A reducible minimum

How do you know a newspaper cutback is getting really bad? Here’s one way: The editor quits because he can’t stand this anymore.

And that’s what Steve Smith, the editor of the Spokane Spokesman-Review, has done, in the course of talking about still more layoffs (is this the third or fourth round of layoffs at the SR this year?). Looks as if it could amount to a fifth of the staff, including several newsroom managers.

The bureaus in Coeur d’Alene, Boise, and Olympia remain. For now.

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