On Wednesday, nearly a third of the journalists at Cleveland’s main daily newspaper, The Plain Dealer, were laid off.
The Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild Local 1, the sector of the Communications Workers of America union which represents workers in The Plain Dealer’s newsroom, told The Observer that either 47 or 48 people lost their jobs, leaving only 110 employees left in the newsroom. Although the union declined to release their names, an unofficial “PD Hit List” has circulated online.
First, it was The Ann Arbor News that faced the cost-cutting buzzsaw. Then The Birmingham News, New Orleans’s Times-Picayune and Cleveland’s Plain-Dealer. And today, Advance Publications—the media conglomerate that owns a few dozen regional newspapers, the web site Reddit, and the magazine empire Condé Nast—is gutting The Oregonian, the Portland area’s d0minant daily newspaper.
The Oregonian, like the other Advance papers hit before it, will be transformed from a daily newspaper into a website and a scaled-down print paper that will only be delivered four days a week—Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It will also lay off a bunch of print reporters, all of whom are currently meeting with executives to find out who will get axed. The Oregonian, as such, will cease to exist, replaced by the “Oregon Media Group.”
The new company will run OregonLive.com and The Oregonian starting on October 1.
In this week’s paper, John Koblin considers the state of journalism in New Jersey. The dailies are limping along, but with layoffs all around and no more Times bureau, the state’s media microcosm isn’t what it used to be:
“I think that New Jersey is in the precarious danger of not being Read More
One year ago, the Newhouses were threatening to close down their treasured jewel, The Star-Ledger, unless the paper’s union made a series of concessions, which included cutting the newsroom by 40 percent.
They got what they wanted, and it seemed like things could go back to normal, albeit with fewer deckhands on the ship. Read More
Portfolio.com will return.
Hours after we reported it first, Condé Nast announced this morning that it has transferred full control of Portfolio.com to its sister publisher, the American City Business Journals. The Charlotte-based ACBJ, which runs all the bizjournal.com Web sites, will assume full power both editorially and on the Read More
In September, New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. embraced self-sacrifice. He and company vice chairman Michael Golden would renounce stock compensation this year and the next, he announced in a staff memo, with the savings (some $4 million, by Mr. Sulzberger’s estimate) to go into a pool for employee bonuses.
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1166 Sixth Avenue
Certainly, we’ve never been overly concerned with Condé Nast real estate dealings. Ahem.
Well, last November it was reported that the company’s parent, Advance Publications, had leased 120,000 square feet at 1166 Sixth Avenue.
Now, Gawker offers a company memo that sheds light on the Read More