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Photographers Grosch, Freidah, Perez among ProJo layoffs

Three of the Providence Journal’s best photographers — Connie Grosch, John Freidah and Ruben W. Perez — are among the layoffs at the ProJo, RIPR has learned.

The newspaper says 23 people have lost their jobs.

Grosch is well known for her coverage of the Statehouse. She’s been a mainstay of the Smith Hill media for many years, offering insight into the human quality of politics through her photography.

Freidah was part of the team that won the ProJo an Edward R. Murrow Award for a documentary about four men who fought in Iraq. He has won other photojournalism awards and his work has also appeared in National Geographic, Time and Newsweek.

Providence Newspaper Guild president John Hill says the layoffs also include seven advertising positions, mostly in inside sales; three editorial assistants; 2 photo editors; one library staffer; and some sports staffers. The ProJo has reopened a buyout offer, he says;  if any workers in the affected job categories decide to take the buyout, that would reduce the number of layouts in that position.

While he retains hope that an improving economy could stablize the paper, Hill says Journal management has offered no guarantee against further cuts in future years.

Meanwhile, with the layoffs, it’s worth recalling this March report from Ted Nesi:

Top executives at The Providence Journal’s parent company, A.H. Belo, are getting big pay raises despite a 45% decline in the publisher’s stock price during 2011, the fourth straight year it lost money.

This post has been updated and expanded.