St. Augustine Record: Unknown

Posted 06.25.12 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

St. Augustine, Fla.
Owner: Morris Communications Inc.
Effective: Aug. 1, 2009

Printing was outsourced to the Florida Times-Union. At the time, Publisher Derek May said jobs would be lost, but did not say how many. “This will create a few jobs, and there are a few people the Times-Union is going to need,” May said in a story on the Record’s website. “There will be a net job reduction, but because of various factors I can’t say exactly how many. Decisions to eliminate jobs are extremely difficult to make.” Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Sources: St. Augustine Record; Topeka Capital-Journal

Valley Freedom Newspapers: 70

Posted 10.26.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

McAllen, Texas
Owner: Freedom Communications Inc.
Effective: Aug. 31, 2009

“About 70 employees have been laid off in the past 18 months” at eight papers: The Monitor, the Valley Morning Star, The Brownsville Herald, The Mid-Valley Town Crier, El Nuevo Heraldo, La Frontera, The Island Breeze and The Coastal Current. Most of the laid off employees worked in the press room or mail room after those operations were consolidated at The Monitor. La Frontera closed in October.
Source: The Monitor via Paper Cuts tip

El Dia: 10 *

Posted 09.09.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Houston
Owner: Echo Media
Effective: Aug. 28, 2009

The Spanish-language paper has closed. Its 10 employees were laid off.
Source: KHOU via Editor’s Weblog; Fitz & Jen

* Updated Sept. 16, 2009, with the number of employees laid off.

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Bellevue Business Journal: Unknown

Posted 09.08.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Bellevue, Wash.
Owner: Independent
Effective: Aug 3, 2009

The weekly paper will stop printing and move to the Web.
Source: Editor & Publisher

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The Catholic Chronicle: 2

Posted 08.30.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Toledo, Ohio
Owner: Catholic Diocese of Toledo
Effective: Aug. 29, 2009

2 part-time employees were eliminated, and a full-time position was cut to part-time. The 40-page monthly tabloid will become a 4-page bi-weekly broadsheet.
Source: Toledo Blade

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Suburban Journals of St. Louis: 24 *

Posted 08.27.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

St. Louis, Mo.
Owner: Lee Enterprises
Effective: Aug. 26, 2009

25 24 newsroom employees were laid off. The papers, which published 16 editions, will now publish 10 editions.
Source: Paper Cuts tip

* Updated Aug. 30, 2009, to fix typo.

Suburban Journals of St. Louis: 28 *

Posted 08.22.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

St. Louis, Mo.
Owner: Lee Enterprises
Effective: Aug. 21, 2009

At least 25 employees were laid off, most from advertising.
28 employees were laid off, most from advertising.
Source: Paper Cuts tip; Lee Watch

Fort Collins Coloradoan: 9

Posted 08.21.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Fort Collins, Colo.
Owner: Gannett Co. Inc.
Effective: Aug. 21, 2009

9 employees were laid off.
Source: Denver Business Journal

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Boca Raton News: Unknown *

Posted 08.21.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Boca Raton, Fla.
Owner: South Florida Media Group
Effective: Aug. 23, 2009

The 54-year-old paper will close, and its 24 employees will be laid off.
The paper will stop publishing a print edition. The paper has 24 employees; it is not clear if they will be laid off.
Source: Talk Back South Florida! via Paper Cuts tip; South Florida Sun-Sentinel

* Updated Aug. 21, 2009; previous reports cited said the paper would close and all employees would be laid off.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 18 *

Posted 08.20.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

St Louis, Mo.
Owner: Lee Enterprises
Effective: Aug. 20, 2009

4 support employees were laid off in the newsroom. (The managing editor and deputy managing editor for features also recently announced they were resigning.)
14 full-time and 4 part-time employees were laid off, including 4 newsroom employees. (The managing editor and deputy managing editor for features also recently announced they were resigning.)

Full disclosure: I work at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Typically when layoff announcements are complete, the publisher sends an official e-mail. That hasn’t happened yet; I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more layoffs tomorrow.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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