Skip to comments.14,861+ jobs - 2009: Layoffs and buyouts at U.S. newspapers (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 01/02/2010 6:54:10 AM PST by abb
2009 by the numbers
As of Dec. 31, 2009. Data will continue to be updated as I get new information. 584
Number of newspapers that laid off employees in 2009. Does not include corporate/non-newspaper specific layoffs (Associated Press, Dow Jones Co., Gannett Co. Inc., GateHouse Media News Service, Lee Enterprises, McClatchy Interactive, Media General Washington bureau and Sun Newspapers). 40.7
Average number of newspaper layoffs per day, including weekends and holidays. In 2008, 44 newspaper employees were laid off each day. 153
Number of unknown layoff posts. Assuming each entry results in 1 layoff, the 2009 layoff total would be 15,014. 22
Number of 1-layoff posts in 2009. At 15 of those newspapers, it was the only known layoff. 143
Number of newspapers that stopped publishing a print edition in 2009. 13 of those papers continue to publish online. The Island Breeze was the last paper added its last print edition was Dec. 31. 919
Number of employees laid off at the Orange County Register on Sept. 1 when delivery was outsourced to the Los Angeles Times the largest single layoff incident of 2009. 34
Number of newspapers that laid off 100 or more employees in 2009. That number does not include the Associated Press, which is a cooperative, not a newspaper; or the Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News or Sun Newspapers, which are represented on the map by a red marker, but their numbers include layoffs for a larger group. 55
Number of newspapers reporting layoffs in California the most newspapers reporting layoffs of any state. 1
Number of newspapers reporting layoffs in Rhode Island and Delaware. In all other states, layoffs were reported at 2 or more papers. -1,123
Difference in the number of layoffs recorded in 2009 vs. 2008. 1
Number of newspaper publishers or editors who have returned e-mails or other messages inquiring about layoffs. A June column by publisher Denny Bonavita said the Courier-Express of DuBois, Penn., laid off employees in 2009, but did not say how many. When I sent him an e-mail, Bonavita replied that two employees had been laid off in 2009, and provided information on layoffs in 2008 that I hadnt known about. As I said then, Bonavitas openness was refreshing; I wish more publishers and newsroom leaders would follow his lead.
They didn’t even include the Landmark media companies. I was personally a victim of that one. Didn’t work for a newspaper, but one of their other companies.
Great graphic in the original article
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PR Newswire ^ | January 2, 2010
Looks like Hollyweird (shown in green) is taking one of these from the
boys in red. Personally, I can't begin to explain how upset this makes me.
Darn! Darn! Darn!
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