Tri-City Herald: 40

Posted 09.09.12 • 2012 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Kennewick, Wash.
Owner: The McClatchy Co.
Effective: August 16, 2012

Printing was outsourced to the Yakima Herald-Republic; 14 full-time and 26 part-time employees were laid off. “We’re excited by this new partnership that improves printing quality for our readers and provides new color opportunities for advertisers,” Publisher Gregg McConnell said in a story on the paper’s website.
Sources: Tri-City Herald via Paper Cuts tips

The Day: 38 *

Posted 09.08.12 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

New London, Conn.
Owner: The Day Publishing Co.
Date: April 1, 2011

Printing was outsourced to the Providence Journal. Day Publisher Gary Farrugia said the move would result in “significant efficiencies and cost savings,” and layoffs. The Day has 151 full- and part-time pre-press, press, mailroom and circulation employees, but Farrugia said the number of employees who would be laid off had not been determined, pending “details of the final agreement” with the Journal. Weekly papers owned by Day Publishing will continue to be published in New London. “I recognize and deeply regret the hardship this announcement will place on the good employees who will be affected by job loss,” Farrugia said in a story on the paper’s website. “This is not a move we entered into lightly. Rather, it represents a strategic pivot for the entire company.”

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Source: The Day

Update: Thirty-eight employees were laid off when printing was outsourced to the Providence Journal. Most of those laid off worked in the printing division; Editor Gary Farrugia said other divisions were affected, including the newsroom where two employees were laid off. “I don’t think people realize how much business was hurt by the weather,” Farrugia said. “We’ve gotten a good financial bump” from outsourcing printing, he said. (09.09.12)
Source: Norwich Bulletin

Livingston County Daily Press & Argus: 30

Posted 09.03.12 • 2012 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Howell, Mich.
Owner: Gannett Co. Inc.
Effective: July 1, 2012

Printing was outsourced to Ann Arbor Offset. Gannett Blog reports 30 employees were laid off. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Source: Gannett Blog

Topeka Capital-Journal: 34 *

Posted 06.24.12 • 2012 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Topeka, Kansas
Owner: Morris Communications
Effective: May 14, 2012

Printing and some post-press operations were outsourced to the Kansas City Star. “Our industry is changing rapidly,” Capital-Journal Publisher Gregg Ireland said in a story on the paper’s website. “This move is historic and, in some ways, very difficult. This move is in no way a move away from the printed product, which remains a large and extremely important part of what we do. But it is a move away from printing. We’re not in the printing business. We’re in the information business.” Kansas City is 65 miles from Topeka. The paper reports “as many as 34″ employees will be laid off.
Source: Topeka Capital-Journal via Paper Cuts tip

Update: All 34 press employees were laid off. (06.28.12)
Source: Paper Cuts tip

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News: 45

Posted 06.17.12 • 2012 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Philadelphia
Owner: Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC
Effective: March 31, 2012

After 21 full-time union employees accepted a buyout offer, four more full-time and 15 part-time union employees were laid off. Five nonunion employees also were laid off. The parent company had offered buyouts, saying it wanted to cut 37 newsroom positions by March 31 in an effort to create one newsroom for its properties. There were three newsrooms: The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com. In a statement, Philadelphia Media Holdings said the newsroom cuts were a response to “the unfortunate economic conditions that continue to impact” the industry. “We believe that one employee receiving a layoff notification is too many and regret having to make such a difficult decision relative to the future of any PMN employee.” PMN spokesman Mark Block called the cuts “very prevalent in the industry at the moment.”
Sources: Philly.com via Paper Cuts tips

The Sun News: 3

Posted 03.25.12 • 2012 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Owner: The McClatchy Co.
Effective: March 9, 2012

A reporter, a web developer and an administrative advertising supervisor were laid off. Remaining employees will be required to take a one-week unpaid furlough this year.
Source: Paper Cuts tip

Washington Post: 48

Posted 03.04.12 • 2012 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Washington, D.C.
Owner: Washington Post Co.
Effective: May 31, 2012

Buyouts are being offered to newsroom employees. Ombudsman Patrick Pexton tweeted that buyouts will be limited to 48.

A memo from Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli blamed the economy, and said the buyouts “won’t affect the quality, ambition or authority of our journalism.”

“The Post’s newsroom remains formidable, and we will continue making tactical hires so that even as we get smaller, we get stronger.”
Sources: Paper Cuts tips; MediaWire

Daily Press: 30 *

Posted 02.18.12 • 2012 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Newport News, Va.
Owner: Tribune Co.
Effective: Jan. 13, 2012

Approximately 30 employees were laid off, including at least three from the newsroom. The paper has not reported on the layoffs. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Source: Paper Cuts tips

Update: Thirty employees were laid off, including three from the newsroom: The metro editor, photo editor and a features writer. Daily Press publisher Digby Solomon said the paper “is continuously re-evaluating the skill sets we need among our employee base. Last week we eliminated the jobs of 30 employees who have been loyal contributors and who will be missed, but were in positions that we no longer require. We currently have 15 job openings for various areas in the company,” he said in a statement.
Source: Jim Romenesko

North County Times: 34

Posted 01.31.12 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Escondido, Calif.
Owner: Lee Enterprises
Effective: Nov. 18, 2011

Twenty-five newsroom and nine advertising and circulation employees were laid off. “We’re not losing money, but we’re not doing as well as we ought to,” Publisher Peter York said, blaming decreased advertising revenue for the layoffs.
Source: North County Times via Paper Cuts tip

Full disclosure: I work at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which also is owned by Lee Enterprises.

Knoxille News Sentinel: 33

Posted 01.29.12 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Knoxville, Tenn.
Owner: The E.W. Scripps Co.
Effective: Dec. 6, 2011

Thirty-three employees were laid off, including four from the newsroom. “As you may know, I got laid off yesterday along with 32 others,” columnist Michael Silence wrote in his last blog post for the paper. “That sucks, but it is the reality of our business. I will miss my colleagues, a great bunch of people who I got to hang around with for 29 years and 11 months.”
Source: Silence No More via Paper Cuts tips

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