Why Charles Matthews Won’t Read the Merc Any More.

On Friday, the San Jose Mercury News downsized its newsroom staff yet again through a combination of layoffs and buyouts. The newsroom is now about one third as large as it was back in 2000, at the height of the dot-com boom, and the height of the paper’s success. One former editor explains why he can’t bear to read the paper any more. The other Bay Area papers also owned by the MediaNews Group — including the Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Alameda Times-Star, Daily Review in Hayward, Argus in Fremont and virtually every other paper in the East Bay — also trimmed their staffs yesterday.

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