The Star-Ledger was hit hard by layoffs this morning as 25 percent of its newsroom was laid off.

A NJ.com report said that 40 reporters, photographers, editors and other newsroom staff were laid off as part of larger cuts by Advance Publications, the paper's parent company.

Additional cuts at NJ.com were announced as well.

The cuts were not unexpected, with the announcement last week of the creation of a new media company—NJ Advance Media—which is to provide content, advertising and marketing services to all the newspapers owned by Advance Publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

All four of the daily newspapers that publish on NJ.com—The Star-Ledger, The Times of Trenton, The South Jersey Times and The Express-Times of Easton, Pa.—will continue to publish seven days a week, the executives said.

-Steve Hughes