On the Record
Selling 460,000 copies every week - not far off one copy for every 10 Scots - you might have thought the Sunday Mail was in healthy shape.
Not so. Such is the ailing health of the newspaper industry that even the mighty market leaders are taking some unpleasant financial medicine.
The staff are to be merged with those who produce the Daily Record, meaning a cut of 70 posts from 276 journalists.
Ten of those have already gone, and the management are hoping to make the rest voluntary redundancies.
But the National Union of Journalists reckons it will be unlikely to find all those job cuts voluntarily, as its journalists are so much younger than on other newspapers.
This is a heavily unionised newsroom, which last year implemented a work-to-rule in protest at the increasing workload, as staff numbers were slimmed.
The changes will also affect the smaller teams at Record PM, The Glaswegian and Business 7 - all distributed for free.
The changes are partly driven by falling circulation because of the internet and changing consumer choice.
With the Record's circulation at 371,000 on the average day, that's down more than 8% on last year, and continues to position it behind the Scottish Sun.
Until 2006, when it lost the top spot, it spent 32 years as market leader.
Advertising revenue is in even faster decline because of the recession.
And papers are feeling the impact of new technology: not only do people increasingly expect to get their news online and for free, but the software for processing news copy is changing and getting more efficient.
Trinity Mirror, the London-based company that owns the Glasgow-based titles, is investing in a software system that cuts out the number of process stages between reporter's notebook and the printing press. It has already done so with its Birmingham titles.
This Thursday, the parent company publishes its 2008 figures, which will provide a guide to the advertising downturn, and the extent of roll-out we can expect for other titles, possibly including the Mirror, Sunday Mirror and People.
The Daily Mirror is now below half the UK circulation of The Sun, its main rival.
The Record and Mail's merged journalist team is similar to changes and job losses being negotiated at The Herald and Sunday Herald, also based in Glasgow.
It doesn't say much about working at those heavier titles to find management has even more voluntary redundancies than they had wanted.
In Edinburgh, The Scotsman and its sister papers, Scotland on Sunday and Edinburgh Evening News, have recently seen two editors quit, with John McLellan appointed as editor overseeing all the titles.
An announcement of a more limited joint working arrangement is expected in the next few days, with the likely job losses being a relatively modest 11, with most of those voluntary packages already subscribed.
Indeed, the rumour mill is going significantly beyond that.
With The Scotsman's parent company Johnston Press facing a large debt overhang and dismal share price, its new chief executive John Fry could raise some useful capital by selling his Edinburgh flagship titles.
The most natural fit? The cash-rich, Courier/Sunday-Post/Press & Journal/Beano/Dandy publisher, DC Thomson.
This is "pure speculation", according to the Dundee family firm. But that doesn't mean it's wrong.