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Bloody Friday at Zuckerman’s Daily News, with 17 Editorial Layoffs

The cuts included 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner Heidi Evans.

Mort Zuckerman
NY Daily News owner and publisher Mort Zuckerman on Friday laid off another 17 newsroom workers, as part of his ongoing effort to bring down losses, Daily News competitor NY Post reported with unconcealed satisfaction.

The downsizing, which had been rumored for more than a month, follows a major bloodletting of News journalists in May 2013.

The cuts included 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner Heidi Evans. Evans worked for 20 years at the News, in two separate stints.

Phyllis Furman, who moved to the News Crain’s New York Business in 1997, was let go.

Business reporter Elizabeth Lazarowitz, on maternity leave, will have to seek new employment.

Sheila McClear, author of “The Last of the Live Nude Girls, ” which she wrote while working for the Post, also done.

African-American reporter Michael Feeney, Brooklyn borough reporter Natalie Musumeci, and police reporter Mark Morales, gone.

The Post reports that the photo desk and copy desk were hit the hardest.

The Friday editorial cuts followed several layoffs on the business side Thursday.

A month ago, the NY Daily News raised its price by 66 percent, from 75 cents to $1.25.

Managing Editor Robert Moore was ordered to abort his vacation and come back to the office Friday, to personally hand out the pink slips. Moore refused to comment on the bloody affair.

Someone should go check his bar tab.

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