Maybe February is the cruelest month instead

I’ve just been catching up with my rss feeds, and the NPPA news feed is not making for fun reading. A few more friends have been laid off from their newspaper jobs this week, and they’re not alone:

  • The Rocky Mountain News has just announced that tomorrow will be their last edition. PDN, who called the paper one of the best to shoot for, has a roundup on PDNPulse of twitter activity from inside the newsroom during the announcement. I Want My Rocky, a community of former staffers, has coverage, as well. The newspaper has been in operation longer than Colorado has been a state.
  • Both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, the city’s two major papers, are bankrupt.
    The Denver Post, the Rocky’s joint operating partner, has cut senior editors at the paper as a cost savings measure.
  • The San Antonio Express-News has cut 75 newsroom jobs.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle faces “job cuts, buyer, or closure.”
  • The Journal Register Company, which owns 20 dailies and 159 other newspapers, has filed for bankruptcy.
  • The Chicago Tribune has cut an additional 60 newsroom jobs, after about 200 were cut or bought out in three rounds of layoffs in 2008. They are still making payments to freelancers, however.
  • The Los Angeles Times has cut another 70 newsrooms jobs and 230 elsewhere in the company. This after all the hubbub a while back about their website revenue matching the cost of operating the newsroom.
  • Belo Corporation, owner of the esteemed Dallas Morning News and other newspapers, announced an additional 500 job cuts throughout the company.
  • The Austin American-Statesman, which is currently for sale, is offering voluntary early retirement to employees over 55.
  • The Capital, in Annapolis, Maryland, will cut 111 jobs throughout the company.
  • The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia, cut 30 jobs and axed a couple sections.
  • The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is still up for sale, with closure looming closer.
  • I know I’m missing some, leave any more casualties in the comments. Or check out Paper Cuts for more newspaper layoff numbers.

    One Response to “Maybe February is the cruelest month instead”

    1. Reactions to Chicago Sun-Times photography lay-offs | dvafoto

      […] We’ve covered lay-offs before (the Paper Cuts website is a good primer on recent history), but this week the Chicago Sun-Times took the unprecedented move of laying off their entire photo staff. Twenty-eight full-time staffers, including photographers and photo editors, were given the ax, and now there’s a major metro newspaper in the US without a photo staff. Among those laid off was the great John H. White, 1982 Pulitzer Prize winner and elder statesman of news photography, who’d worked at the paper for 44 years. Read Scott Strazzante’s ode to the photographer, The Great John H. White. Now, here’s a photo of White and others receiving their walking papers. […]

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