Looking back: 2010 newspaper layoffs

Posted 01.10.11 • 2010 layoffs, Paper Cuts

The most remarkable thing about 2010 was the great decrease in the number of layoffs: There were more than 14,000 reported layoffs in 2008 and 2009, and not even 3,000 reported layoffs in 2010.

The 2010 total now stands at 2,828 layoffs. That total includes all newspaper jobs — not just reporters and editors. And it is far from complete: 50 posts are marked as “unknown” — layoffs have been reported, either publicly or via private tips. I will continue to try to update those posts (and add any other 2010, 2009 or 2008 layoffs I have missed) as information becomes available.

The 2010 map includes a “by the numbers” look at the year. (Complete 2009, 2008 and partial 2007 coverage also is available.)

As I said, there were about 11,000 fewer layoffs in 2010 compared to 2009. That’s great news for newspaper employees. But for me, Paper Cuts became less of an everyday task and more of a once-a-week (or two) hassle. I believe newspaper layoffs should be tracked — there are many layoffs reported on this blog and nowhere else. But I need a break; Paper Cuts is taking a hiatus. I do not plan to make this a permanent leave of absence, but I make no guarantee on when or if it will return. Thank you for all of the tips and help over the past three years.

I will continue to share newspaper layoff and industry information on Twitter (@newscuts) and Facebook. 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.

Here’s to a great 2011.

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