More layoffs at Bergen Record and other Jersey papers
January 24, 2017
A few months ago, Gannett slashed jobs across one of its latest acquisitions, the North Jersey Media Group, eliminating positions at the Bergen Record, NorthJersey.com, The Herald News of Passaic County and others.
In all, 130 people lost their jobs, and readers were not happy. They criticized the newspaper giant for swooping in with the scythe, saying the papers didn’t deserve such harsh treatment in online comments on the story announcing the cuts, which was written to sound way more upbeat than it actually was.
Well, Gannett has another round of layoffs coming to the papers. And once again readers were quick to jump on the decision.
In a story published Monday on NorthJersey.com, Gannett said it will get rid of 141 positions across the company.
The layoffs will be carried out by the end of the week.
Trying to make money
Gannett bought the North Jersey Media Group for $40 million last summer, part of a buying spree as the publisher attempts to infuse itself with cash at a time when newspaper circulation and ad revenue are struggling.
It goes in to these papers, chops what it sees as the fat, and moves forward with a model with higher profit margins.
But readers are none too pleased with the changes in New Jersey, where the Record is the second-largest paper.
Wrote one reader: “Notice to management: Do you see a single comment here saying your changes have been good? On the contrary, every comment has been negative. Time for a focus group to get this paper back on track.”
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