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14,861+ jobs - 2009: Layoffs and buyouts at U.S. newspapers (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Paper Cuts ^ | January 1, 2010 | Erica Smith

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 — it’s 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 hadn’t known about. As I said then, Bonavita’s openness was refreshing; I wish more publishers and newsroom leaders would follow his lead.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2009review; advertising; circulation; dbm; layoffs; msmdeathwatch; newspapers
Saturday morning good news.
1 posted on 01/02/2010 6:54:11 AM PST by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


2 posted on 01/02/2010 6:55:03 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

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.


3 posted on 01/02/2010 7:04:45 AM PST by republicangel
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To: abb

Great graphic in the original article

4 posted on 01/02/2010 7:08:41 AM PST by Zakeet (America needs ObamaCare like Helen Thomas needs a Halloween mask)
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To: Zakeet
tooo funny...
5 posted on 01/02/2010 7:22:33 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: abb
Hey kids! Don't be alarmed by news reports of layoffs! The future is bright and The Columbia School of Journalism is accepting applications! Federal loans available! Check out our low, low prices :

Tuition and Fees 2009-10 (10 months)

Tuition $43,527
Health Service Fee $774
Standard Medical Insurance $1,638
University Fees $698
Transcript Fee (one-time fee) $95
Technology Fee (one-time fee) $1,000
Enrollment Deposit $1,000
TOTAL $48,732

Including living expenses (rent, utilities, food, travel, personal) of approximately $23,450, the full-time, student budget is estimated at $72,182.

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6 posted on 01/02/2010 7:34:01 AM PST by Brugmansian
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Sounds like the inadvertently Cloward-Pivened themselves.

Cheers!

7 posted on 01/02/2010 8:55:46 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers

and the RATS, take another one in the..............................HA ha!!!

8 posted on 01/02/2010 10:16:39 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Zakeet

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2419686/posts
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9 posted on 01/02/2010 1:42:21 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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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!

10 posted on 01/02/2010 2:07:36 PM PST by Zakeet (America needs ObamaCare like Helen Thomas needs a Halloween mask)
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