Wednesday, April 1, 2009

At Least 3,943 Newspaper Employees Laid Off in March

March was the most difficult month of the year so far for newspaper employees as at least 3,943 people were laid off. Some news organizations announced layoffs and did not release information on how many people got pink slips. Most of the damage came from the McClatchy chain as more than 1,200 workers were told to leave. In addition, we said good-bye to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

This figure is more than double the total of January and February. The total as of March 31 is 7,546.

Erica Smith's blog, Paper Cuts, is a great resource for this information as well. Her blog has a map that pinpoints these layoffs and more.

March 31: The News Leader of Stauton, Va., 23 people.
March 30: Florida Communications Group, owner of The Tampa Tribune and other holdings, 53 people.
March 30: The Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, 23 people.
March 30: The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., six people.
March 30: The News Virginian in Waynesboro, Va., one person.
March 29: Palisadian-Post of Pacific Palisades, Calif., two people.
March 29: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 12 people.
March 27: Boston Herald, 24 people.
March 27: The Buffalo News, 46 people.
March 27: The Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pa., shut down its printing plant and laid off 30 workers, via tips to News Cycle.
The Easton (Pa.) Express is eliminating its delivery staff and laid off 18 people, via tips to News Cycle.
March 27: The Daily News of Arlington Heights, IlI., 24 people.
March 27: Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen faces closure, tentatively 60 people until a possible sale agreement is reached.
March 26: The Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times, 19 people.
March 26: Flint (Mich.) Journal, 82 people.
March 26: The New York Times, 100 people on the business side.
March 26: The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, 18 people.
March 25: The Bakersfield (Calif.) Californian, 26 people.
March 25: Houston Chronicle, 200 people.
March 25: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 90 editorial staffers, and 107 people in circulation.
March 24: Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Star, 11 people.
March 23: Ann Arbor (Mich.) News announces it will cease publication in July, 272 people.
March 23: The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., 33 people.
March 23: Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, part of the McClatchy chain, 53 people, including the 14 newsroom workers whose union agreed to job cuts on March 19.
March 23: Charlotte Observer, part of the McClacthy chain, 82 people.
March 21: St. Cloud (Minn.) Times, 10 people.
March 21: Orlando Sentinel, 36 people.
March 20: The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass., five people.
March 20: Denver Newspaper Agency, the agency that handled business operations for the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post under a JOA, 200 people.
March 20: The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tenn., 48 people.
March 19: Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, part of the McClatchy chain, 14 people.
March 19: Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., three people.
March 19: Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle in Milwaukee, Wisc., four people.
March 19: Skagit Valley Herald of Mount Vernon, Wash., 10 people.
March 19: Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, 10 people in sales.
March 19: The International Edition of The Miami Herald ceases publication on June 11, four people.
March 19: Anchorage Daily News, 45 people, part of the McClatchy chain.
March 17: Crain Communications business news publications, 150 people.
March 17: The Daily Republic of Mitchell, S.D., one person.
March 17: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 24 people.
March 17: Connecticut Post, News-Times of Danbury, The Advocate of Stamford, Greenwich Time and the Brooks Community Newspapers, all part of Hearst Newspaper Group, 48 people.
March 17: Seattle Post-Intelligencer ceases print publication, 140 people.
March 17: Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News, three people.
March 16: Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald, part of the McClatchy chain, nine people.
March 16: Bradenton (Fla.) Herald of the McClatchy chain, 15 people.
March 16: Idaho Statesman of Boise, Idaho, part of the McClatchy chain, 25 people.
March 16: Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, part of the McClatchy group, 30 people.
March 15: Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, 71 people "retired."
March 15: The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., part of the McClatchy newspaper chain, 78 people.
March 15: The News Tribune, a McClatchy newspaper in Tacoma, Wash., 30 people.
March 15: The Olympian, a McClatchy newspaper in Olympia, Wash., 15 people.
March 14, San Francisco Chronicle, 150 people.
March 13, The Daily Record of Wooster, Ohio, seven people.
March 13: Sonoma Valley (Calif.) Sun, four people.
March 13: Hattiesburg (Miss.) American, one person.
March 13: Media General's Washington Bureau, six people.
March 12: The Modesto (Calif.) Bee, 40 people, including the 11 announced on March 10.
March 12: The Forum in Fargo, N.D., 25 people.
March 12: Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, eight people.
March 12: Albany (N.Y.) Times Union, 65 people.
March 12: Boston Globe, 32 people in advertising.
March 11: The Seattle Times, eight people in advertising.
March 11: Fresno (Calif.) Bee, 63 people.
March 11: Grand Island (Neb.) Independent, eight people.
March 11: Miami Herald, part of the McClatchy chain, 205 people.
March 11: Fort Collins (Colo.) Coloradoan, 48 people.
March 11: The Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette and The Island Packet in Hilton Head, S.C., part of the McClatchy chain, 17 people.
March 11: State Media Co. of Columbia, S.C., part of the McClatchy chain, 38 people.
March 10: Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer, 20 people.
March 10: The Sun-Star, Los Banos Enterprise and Chowchilla News, McClatchy newspapers around Merced, Calif., 10 people.
March 10: The Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald, six people.
March 10: Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, 14 people.
March 10: The Modesto (Calif.) Bee, 11 people.
March 9: The Tribune of San Luis Obispo, Calif., seven people.
March 9: The News & Messenger of Woodbridge, Va., 22 people.
March 9: The Kansas City (Mo.) Star, 150 people.
March 9: Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, 128 people.
March 6: The Stockton (Calif.) Record, 12 people.
March 6: Tri-City Herald of Kennewick, Wash., three people.
March 5: Ft. Worth (Texas) Star Telegram, 130 people.
March 4: The Washington (N.C.) Daily News, six people.
March 3: The SunPost of Miami, two people.
March 3: Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, 38 people.
March 2: The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 20 people.
March 2: Bellingham (Wash.) Herald, 10 people.
March 2: Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, 45 people.
March 1: Fox Valley Publications, a group of weeklies in the Joliet, Ill., area, 155 people.

Here are News Cycle's month-by-month lists of newspaper job cuts this year:

December -- 752 people.
November -- 293 people.
October -- 375 people.
September -- 347 people.
August -- 425 people.
July -- 2,505 people.
June -- 318 people.
May -- 1,084 people.
April -- 1,350 people.
March -- 3,943 people.
February -- 1,492 people.
January -- 2,256 people.

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