Everett Herald lays off 10 employees, 4 from the newsroom

Correction: The headline initially identified the four newsroom employees as reporters.  That was not accurate and has been updated, along with additional contextual information.

The Everett Herald, under ownership from Sound Publishing, has announced layoffs of another 10 employees.  Of those, four are from the newsroom, according to Neal Pattison, Executive Editor at The Everett Herald.

The Herald news site currently lists 39 reporters, editors, columnists and photo journalists.  Of those, 12 are listed as reporters.

The history of the Daily Herald goes back more than a century.  Some of the history is featured at the news site, and posted below:

The Daily Herald, with its website, HeraldNet.com, has been the leading news and information source in Everett and Snohomish County, Washington, for more than a century.

The Herald is one of 49 newspaper titles owned by Everett-based Sound Publishing, the largest community media organization in Washington state.

On Feb. 11, 1901, the new Herald put a stake in the ground to honor and respect objective journalistic values. In its first editorial, The Herald outlined its confidence in the potential of the area and aggressively stated its purpose and policy:

“The Herald will not be controlled by any influence not in harmony with the views here set forth. It will not be dictated to by any political faction, by any corporation, by any individual or combination of individuals. The editorial columns will be above being swayed by patronage. Space is for sale in the advertising columns alone, and no one buying such space will thereby acquire the right to color the tone of editorial expression.

“There is in this community no one so poor or insignificant that The Herald will not defend him if he be wronged, no one so high and powerful that the Herald will not fearlessly attack him if he seek to do injustice.”

This underpinning of values and resolve helped sustain The Herald through many challenging times and economic cycles.

The fundamental philosophy that our founders committed themselves to is still at the center of what we attempt to do every day.

This news comes on the heels of layoffs at the Seattle Times of approximately 23 employees from the newsroom.  Last week, the Issaquah Press ran its last edition following a 117-year print run.

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