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Apr 01, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
Instead of one publisher per newspaper, group publishers are now the norm. That might make sense for geographic regions in rural areas; however, Sun Media are now creating publisher positions for entire provinces. See link for details of a new configuration in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Apr 01, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
"Three union editors at Sun Media's Brantford Expositor were notified today they will be laid off as of May 1, says a TSF source."

It appears a regional pagination centre is being created.
Mar 31, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
The faltering of the Sun-Times Media Group has far-reaching implications for 83 smaller newspapers. The company owns community papers in the Metropolitan Chicago area and surrounding suburbs, as well as other papers through Illinois and Indiana. The implications are staggering for those communities.
Mar 30, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
"Nonprofit status would muffle or silence newspapers’ editorial voice and add in layers of regulatory control that we cannot begin to predict, going in."
Mar 30, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
"After two newspapers that were older than ours, the Rocky Mountain News and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, folded within the past month, it’s clearer than ever that a proud past doesn’t ensure a prosperous future. We are feeling the same pressures as all newspaper companies. In fact, beyond the national economic problems and the industry turmoil, our community is reeling from a historic disaster. Our company is cutting its staff from about 600 before the flood to about 500. I had to tell 14 journalists last month that their jobs were eliminated. But whatever turmoil our products face, the demand for content is stronger than ever."

Steve Buttry, the information content conductor for Gazette Communications, reflects on newspaper closures and the importance of content in surviving the recession.
Mar 29, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
"When it comes to news about the news, no news is good news."

CBS takes a close look at what is happening to newspapers south of our border.
Mar 28, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
"A Montreal-based media conglomerate has stopped printing two small Alberta newspapers, and the office of another paper has been closed.

The front-page headline on this week's Nanton News is "What recession?" and the story explains that the town of 2,200 south of Calgary is dodging economic problems elsewhere."

Mar 28, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
"Maryland's newspapers are not immune from the pressures facing all U.S. papers, as once-strong publications teeter on the edge of bankruptcy, trimming staff and operations or shutting down their presses completely.

In the past year, the state has seen the demise of two papers — The Baltimore Examiner in February and The Dispatch in Emmitsburg and Thurmont in November — while other publications slash workers, eliminate editions and even trim the size of their pages to save money."

Mar 28, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
Transcontinental Inc. announced that it has ended the printing of The Monitor, one of its free English-language Montreal newspapers, servicing the communities of NDG, Cote St. Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West. The 83-year-old paper, with a circulation of 35,000, published its last print issue on Feb. 4, 2009, and has moved exclusively to an online format.
Mar 27, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
"Steve Coll, a veteran journalist of The Washington Post who is now a New Yorker staff writer, proposed in his New Yorker blog Think Tank that nonprofit will and should be in the future of newspapers because it will foster "the professional, civil-service-style, relentless independent thinking, reporting, and observation that developed in big newsrooms between the Second World War and whenever it was that the end began—about 2005 or so."
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