Dean Baquet, the Los Angeles Times editor who publicly opposed staff cuts at his paper last month, encouraged other editors Thursday to push back more against newspaper owners when they propose such cuts, the New York Times reports.

"Sometimes when I sit down with editors and managing editors, I find them all too willing to buy the argument for cuts," he said. "We need to be a feistier bunch."

He said the public service aspect of newspapers was at stake, even as the industry faces declining revenues. "We understand the business model is changing and we have to do some cutting," he said, "but don't understand it too much."

Mr. Baquet was addressing more than 100 editors at the annual meeting of the Associated Press Managing Editors. He made headlines last month when he and Jeffrey M. Johnson, The Times's publisher, openly objected to cuts proposed by the paper's owner, the Tribune Company.

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