News Guild takes more dues hits

Industry beset by red ink, leftism, paper-stream waste

The list of newspaper job layoffs increases as the Boston Herald and Tribune Co.'s Baltimore Sun and Hartford Courant all plan to decrease the number of staff. This summer, the Herald plans to layoff between 130 and 160 of its employees and to outsource printing to Chicopee and Norwood, the Boston Globe reports. The newsroom might also be relocated, according to the Globe.

"All I've ever wanted to do is make the Herald as competitive and successful as I can and to preserve Boston as a two-newspaper town. We've done that, and I want to continue doing that," said the Herald's president and publisher, Patrick J. Purcell.

"We are saddened by the loss of jobs for those Herald employees who have worked beside us for decades. We will grieve and move on," said Brian Whelan, the Herald's recruitment account executive and president of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Boston. "But the same economic forces that have caused this will continue to challenge the Herald as well as the newspaper industry."

The Sun intends to cut around 100 jobs, over half of them from the newsroom, "through buyouts, layoffs and the closing of open positions", Editor and Publisher reported.

"These actions are necessary for us to remain competitive and win in the future, and will enable us to create new targeted print and interactive media for the marketplace that satisfy both consumers and advertisers," said the Sun's publisher, Tim Ryan.

The Courant intend to cut its weekday pages from 273 to 206, Editor and Publisher said, and to cut employees from 232 to 275.

Tribune Co. president, Sam Zell, said that he intends to shorten page and editorial content from all the papers, "which have been losing circulation and advertising revenue as readers migrate to the Internet", Editor and Publisher reported.


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