More paper cuts: Dallas Morning News laying off 20
January 29, 2017
At The Dallas Morning News, the priority is to continue with original reporting on local news.
And if that means the newspaper has to outsource its printing, well, that’s what’s going to happen.
The paper said it will be sending its design and print layout to GateHouse Media, which owns more than 120 newspapers nationwide, in a cost-saving move aimed at protecting editorial positions at a time when newspapers’ ad revenue is shrinking.
The move will result in 20 layoffs at the paper later this year, when the move goes through. The paper will, however, be offering multiplatform editing jobs to the 30 others who work in the department so they can stay on.
The design work will move to Austin, where GateHouse currently handles layout and design for some 200 papers nationwide.
Dallas is hardly the only paper to outsource. The option has been adopted by many papers across the country as they attempt to save money.
Editorial wasn’t entirely immune to job cuts. The Dallas Morning News also eliminated five positions last week, but it said it wanted to limit the total number impacted.
The paper will be pushing a circulation expansion in the coming year, and to do so it will need strong editorial content.
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