I've seen a couple of people upset that the Trib let folks go by e-mail yesterday. Far be it from me to defend the Tribune but I think that those who are upset are not telling the whole story and I actually think the way the Tribune handled this was pretty admirable.
Mr Huntsman actually called the whole staff together last week to explain the situation, let them know how they've been covering losses, and let the staff know of the significant cuts coming this week. He owned it and met face to face to give them an opportunity for a Q&A. That meeting with ownership and with senior leadership didn't need to happen but he held it and was upfront with the staff.
Once that meeting was held all that was left to do was announce who drew the short straws, share the details of their severance, and provide the details and instructions for benefit transitions. Any further face to face meetings are just asking your mid-level managers to act as grief counselors or potentially risk them unintentionally saying something in that meeting that puts you at legal risk. The face to face occurred and all that was left was the logistics of the separation.
In this case I think the e-mails were the appropriate way to do it.