USA Today has begun “a painful round of layoffs, reported the Huffington Post.

Jeremy Gaines, vice president of corporate communications with Gannett, which is based in McLean, VA, told the Huffington Post in an email that there were about 60 to 70 total job cuts, with about half of those hitting the newsroom.

“USA TODAY is working to align its staffing levels to meet current market conditions,” Gaines told HuffPost. “The actions taken today will allow USA TODAY to reinvest in the business to ensure the continued success of its digital transformation.”

Gannett announced in August that it would be spinning off its print and broadcast divisions into two separate companies, stated HuffPost. The spinoff comes as publishers focus increasingly on digital platforms as a result of annual newspaper ad revenue continuing to decline, stated HuffPost.

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