Jan. 26, 2011 11:16

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NEWSPAPERS CUT TO STAY AFLOAT

This past Sunday, News & Record Publisher Robin Saul announced that beginning Feb. 1, the page width of the paper would be reduced by an inch and a half in an effort to cut costs. On Jan. 19, the Raleigh News & Observer reported that it would be eliminating 20 positions — five to six of which will come from the newsroom — as a “slowly recovering economy continues to hurt ad sales.” Publisher Orage Quarles III informed employees of the imminent layoffs just a day prior. “We continue to make our way through difficult times by making difficult decisions,” Quarles said. These cuts at the News & Observer are made public less than a month after the Winston-Salem Journal moved to eliminate its entire copy desk, axing 17 full-time positions and one part-time position. These Groundhog Day-esque occurrences seem all too familiar after the heavily televised closing of the 150-year-old Rocky Mountain News in 2009. Recent cuts coupled with a quote from Jeffrey Green, president and publisher of the Journal, seem to effectively prelude the future of print journalism: “We have to take advantage of any efficiency that modern technology allows….”

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