Looking back: 2009 newspaper layoffs

Posted 01.01.10 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Now that the 2010 layoff map is live (and has already racked up more than 300 layoffs), let’s take a look back at 2009.

The year started off with a lot of layoff announcements — so many that I was sure the 2009 total would easily top the 2008 layoff total (which now stands at 15,984). The year didn’t suffer from the same fourth-quarter onslaught that 2008 saw, however, and the 2009 total now stands at 14,861.

That total includes all newspaper jobs — not just reporters and editors. And it far from complete. There are more than 100 posts marked as “unknown”; I will continue to try to update those posts (and add any other layoffs I have missed) as information becomes available. (The total does not include magazines, such as Editor & Publisher, which also closed at the end of the year, or similar publications. In fact, the only non-newspaper jobs included in the total are the two rounds of Associated Press layoffs.) Layoffs are added to the map according to when they go into effect (which is why the 2010 map already has markers).

The 2009 map will remain available, and now includes a “by the numbers” look at the year. (Complete 2008 and partial 2007 coverage also is still available.)

As always, newspaper layoff tips are welcome and needed. Send memos, links or personal accounts at newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com, or leave a comment here. If you are worried about retaliation from your employer, do not post a comment or send that e-mail from work. The source of all tips will remain anonymous for that reason.

I have also started a Twitter account — @newscuts — where you can direct-message or copy me with layoff-related news, or just find the latest news on newspaper layoffs, furloughs and other shenanigans.

Here’s to a great 2010.

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