Friday, May 1, 2009

April Newspaper Layoffs Total 1,350; First Four Months of 2009 Saw 8,793 Layoffs

There were 1,350 reported new layoffs from newspapers in the United States in April, which represented an easing of the layoff activity from March, when almost 4,000 newspaper employees were dismissed, News Cycle's survey has found.

During the first four months of 2009, there were a reported 8,762 layoffs from print news organizations.

In April, more than 200 Belo employees were laid off, but that figure was included previously when it was reported in January that 500 were to be let go.

These figures represent journalists, business personnel, advertising employees, production and delivery workers from daily, weekly, monthly and some journalism trade publications.

The vast majority reflects layoffs, but some are from buyouts offered by news organizations or jobs lost because of a newspaper ceasing its operations.

There were 2,256 reported layoffs in January. Newspapers cut 1,492 people in February. At least 3,943 people lost their jobs in newspapers in March.
Email me to report any job cuts in the newspaper industry, or corrections and additions to any of the 2009 lists.

April 30: Reading (Pa.) Eagle, 52 people.
April 30: Altoona (Pa.) Mirror, two people.
April 30: The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass., five people.
April 30: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, 10 people.
April 30: Jamestown (N.Y.) Post-Journal, two in editorial, seven in other departments, via tip to News Cycle.
April 29: Presstime, the trade publication of NAA, ceases publication, 39 people.
April 29: The News & Observer of Raliegh, N.C., 31 people.
April 29: The Baltimore Sun, 61 people editorial and seven people on business side.
April 28: Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press, 20 people.
April 27: The Morning News of Springdale (Ark.), at least nine people.
April 24: Gannett, 50 digital advertising sales reps.
April 24: The Dallas Business Journal, two people.
April 24: Charlotte Business Journal, six people.
April 24: Pudget Sound Business Journal in Seattle, seven people.
April 24: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, two people.
April 24: Boston Business Journal, four people.
April 23: Phoenix Media/Communication Group, six people.
April 23: Milford (N.H.) Observer ceases publication, one person.
April 22: Chicago Tribune, 53 people.
April 21, The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif., 14 people, part of the Belo announcement of 500 people.
April 20, The Los Angeles Daily News, five people.
April 20: Sun-Times Media Group, 140 people.
April 18, The Pioneer Press of Glenview, Ill., 12 people, part of the Sun-Times Media Group layoff of April 20.
April 18, Naperville (Ill.) Sun, three people, part of the Sun-Times Media Group layoff of April 20.
April 17: Daily Southtown near Chicago, five people plus more in advertising, part of the Sun-Times Media Group layoff of April 20.
April 16: The News & Record of Greensboro, N.C., 25 people.
April 15: Lake Norman (N.C.) Times ceases publication; six people.
April 15: Suburban Journals of St. Louis, 15 people.
April 15: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, nine people.
April 15: San Francisco Chronicle, at least 90 drivers.
April 15: East Valley Tribune in Phoenix, 13 people.
April 14: Orlando Sentinel, 44 people in addition to the March 21 announcement of 36 people.
April 14: The Jersey Journal of Jersey City, N.J., 17 people.
April 13: The Observer & Eccentric Newspapers will cease publication of five Eccentric print and Web editions in Michigan on May 31. The papers are: The Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Troy and Rochester editions of the Eccentric. The Southfield edition will merge with another publication, 44 people.
April 10: The Honolulu Star-Bulletin and MidWeek, 23 people.
April 9: Carson (Nev.) Times ceases publication, 12 people listed in its online staff box.
April 9: The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., 40 people.
April 8: Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal, 35 people.
April 8: Dallas Morning News, 200 people, part of A.H. Belo's January announcement of 500 layoffs nationwide.
April 4: Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times, five positions will not be filled.
April 3: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, at least 12 advertising staffers.
April 3: Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald, three people.
April 3: Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette, 20 people.
April 3: Palo Alto (Calif.) Daily News, one person.
April 3: Fort Meyers (Fla.) News-Press, six people, via tip to News Cycle.
April 3: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, 84 jobs.
April 2: Arizona Republic in Phoenix, at least 30 in circulation; The Indianapolis Star, eight in classified; Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, 18 circulation managers; the Fremont (Ohio) News-Messenger and Port Clinton News-Herald, three people; Planet Discover web service, 10 people; the Gannett Health Care Group newspaper, 27 people; the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times, 10 people; all part of a Gannett move.
April 2: Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, lays off 59 people, will not fill another 31 positions.
April 1: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 people.
April 1: Lebanon (Pa.) Daily News, seven people.
April 1: The Asbury Park Press will house the regional operation at its offices in Neptune, N.J. The other three Gannett Co. papers are the Home News Tribune of East Brunswick, the Courier News of Somerville and the Daily Record of Parsippany, 10 people.
April 1: Lancaster (Pa.) Intelligencer Journal and Lancaster New Era will combine operations and lay off 100 people.
April 1: The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell, Mich., at least 10 people.
April 1: Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-Times, two 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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