ATLANTA — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is cutting its staff by nearly 200 jobs and eliminating some targeted news sections.

Publisher John Mellott said Wednesday the moves are a cost-cutting effort in the face of dwindling advertising revenues and steadily increasing fuel and newsprint costs. Mellott said the job cuts will be mainly in news and advertising departments between August and October through voluntary buyouts and layoffs.

The cuts represent about 8 percent of the 2,300-member staff.

It's the second downsizing in two years at Georgia's largest newspaper. In February 2007, the Journal-Constitution announced it was offering contract buyouts to 80 newsroom employees and reducing its circulation area.