Springville Herald, Spanish Fork Press, Nebo Reporter: 8

Posted 07.27.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Springville, Utah; Spanish Fork, Utah; Payson, Utah
Owner: Lee Enterprises
Effective: Jan. 26, 2011

The three weekly papers have closed; eight employees were laid off. The Springville Herald was the oldest of the three — it was founded in 1891. Daily Herald publisher and president Rona Rahlf, who oversaw the now-closed papers, said the move was a “strategic decision to provide more content more often for south-county readers.” “Instead of waiting for their news once a week, they’ll get it in the Daily Herald seven days a week,” Rahlf said. The Daily Herald is located in Provo, Utah.
Source: Deseret News

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

Blue Springs Journal: Unknown

Posted 07.27.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Owner: The McClatchy Co.
Effective: May 11, 2011

The 3-year-old weekly paper has closed. “While the Blue Springs Journal doesn’t have nearly the tenure of other area newspapers, our mission and goals are the same — to accurately report on news at the community level,” Publisher John Beaudoin wrote in a note on the paper’s website. “I believe the Journal did just that.

“Our economy and evolving industry have forced us to become slimmer from a cost standpoint and more critical when evaluating business models that work. The Blue Springs Journal is a victim of the latter.”

Beaudoin did not say how many employees would be laid off. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Sources: Blue Springs Journal via Bottom Line Communications

The Belton Star Herald: Unknown

Posted 07.27.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Belton, Mo.
Owner: The McClatchy Co.
Effective: May 12, 2011

The weekly paper, which was founded in 1892, has closed. “I am sure many of you know of and have experienced firsthand the financial hardships that have come crashing down on all of us over the last few years,” Publisher John Beaudoin wrote in a note published on the paper’s website. “Companies are tightening their belts, layoffs are rampant and industries with as much history as our towns themselves are forced to transform with the times. Decisions like this do not come easy and we wish the city’s residents and leadership well.” Beaudoin did not say how many Star Herald employees were laid off. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Sources: The Belton Star Herald via Bottom Line Communications

Sylvania Herald: 5

Posted 07.26.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Sylvania, Ohio
Owner: Delphos Herald Inc.
Effective: July 13, 2011

The weekly paper has closed. “After publishing a newspaper for the community of Sylvania for over 120 years, the Sylvania Herald has been forced to close,” a note on the paper’s website says. “We would like to thank our advertisers and of course our thousands of readers for your loyal support over the years. This will be the final edition of the newspaper. A decision like this is not reached lightly and we have put much thought and emotion into reaching this conclusion. The cost of printing and distributing 12,500 newspapers weekly has simply become more than our ad revenue can support.” Murray Cohen, president of Delphos Herald Inc., was the paper’s only full-time employee; it had four part-time employees.
Sources: Sylvania Herald; Toledo Blade

Vail Mountaineer: 6

Posted 07.05.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Edwards, Colo.
Owner: Jim Pavelich
Effective: June 6, 2011

The 3-year-old free paper has closed; it employed six people. “No one could have predicted the economic downtown,” owner Jim Pavelich told the Vale Daily.
Sources: Media Jobs Daily and Vail Daily

Denver Daily News: ‘About 20′

Posted 07.05.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Denver
Owner: Jim Pavelich
Effective: June 6, 2011

The 10-year-old free paper has closed; it employed “about 20″ people. “Unfortunately, we simply could not keep up with the current financial pressures facing every small business in America,” Daily News publisher Kristie Hannon told the Denver Post. Do you know additional details? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Sources: Denver Post via Media Jobs Daily

Sparta News-Plaindealer: Unknown

Posted 06.28.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Sparta, Ill.
Owner: The McClatchy Co.
Effective: May 26, 2011

The 143-year-old weekly paper has closed. “The decision was made after a three-year battle with a historic economic downturn that saw advertising revenues fall more than 60 percent,” a post on the paper’s Facebook page reads.

Do you know how many employees were laid off when the paper closed? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com. Emailed tips are anonymous.
Source: Belleville News-Democrat via Paper Cuts tip; and Sparta News-Plaindealer Facebook page

National Speed Sport News: Unknown

Posted 06.25.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Harrisburg, N.C.
Owner: Media1934 LLC
Effective: March 23, 2011

The 77-year-old racing publication stopped printing. It continues to publish online at nationalspeedsportnews.com. “This is one of the saddest days of my life,” said National Speed Sport News Publisher Corinne Economaki in a story on the paper’s website. “The sluggish economy has made it too difficult to continue publication and no matter how I try to make the numbers — and believe me, I have tried — it is just not feasible to keep the business going.”

It is not known if there were layoffs, or how many. Do you know more? Leave a comment or send me an email: newspaperlayoffs@gmail.com.
Source: National Speed Sport News

Tri-County News, West Lane News: 8

Posted 06.23.11 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Junction City, Ore.; Veneta, Ore.
Owner: Polin Media Inc.
Effective: Dec. 22, 2009

The two weekly papers closed. “I just don’t have the money to continue,” Publisher Andrew Polin told the Register Guard. “I’m hoping it will be resurrected by someone.” The papers had eight employees. “My staff worked hard, and the community was great. I just ran out of money.”
Source: Register Guard via Oregon Media Cenral

St. Louis Globe-Democrat: 1

Posted 06.21.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

St. Louis, Mo.
Owner: Dan Rositano
Effective: Jan. 24, 2011

The 13-month-old online newspaper has closed. The original St. Louis Globe-Democrat closed in 1986. In May 2010, three news reporters were laid off. In July 2010, the six members of the sports department, including the editor, resigned, saying they had not been paid.
Source: Riverfront Times

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