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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The changing paper

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Readers (that's a nice, old-fashioned word, isn't it?) express interest in the cutbacks announced yesterday at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Arkansas Business expanded their original reporting with more details that show the cuts have been much broader than the seven jobs lost in the newsrooms in Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas. A cut of 50-60 jobs in all departments means savings in the $2 million range, it seems safe to guess.

Anybody you know? AB mentions editorial writer Jake Bleed. Other sources say departures include the editor who oversaw production of the book section, which likely forecasts an end to the Sunday book section, a decision many other newspapers nationwide have made. No word on the future form of the Travel section that has wrapped around books. Perhaps it will fold into a style section. Another casualty is feature editor and columnist Werner Trieschmann. A photographer and sports reporter in Little Rock also were cut.

Sad news and there but for the grace .... etc.. Few people who work for newspapers, daily or weekly, can contemplate the future comfortably. 

PS -- Blake's Think Tank covers the layoffs here. Blake comments:

On 02.09 Editor and Publisher went with a story citing Dem Gaz columnist Jay Grelen’s letter to TIME magazine in response to an article published by Walter Isaacson in defense of publisher Walter Hussman’s decision not to give away content for free [he does, however --see nwanews.com]. Argued Mr. Grelen, “Walter Hussman isn’t talking theory. He has written, and continues to update, the how-to manual. He led the charge to charge, and he has a healthy newspaper to prove he was right.” Still feel that way, Jay?

 

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