Nov 15, 2012

More bad news for papers in Germany, Nth America

More journalism jobs are set to go as major papers in Germany, the United States and Canada take drastic cost-cutting measures.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Glum news overnight for newspapers in Germany, the US and Canada with closures, job losses and the threat of more to come. The most notable move was by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway group which overnight decided to close a paper recently bought from struggling publisher, Media General.

The job cuts include 33 employees of the Manassas News & Messenger in Virginia. A total of 105 jobs will be lost from the paper which was one of 60 papers picked up from Media General earlier this year. The paper had sales of around 10,000 a day. In addition to the jobs at the paper, a further 72 other positions will go, mostly corporate staff who moved to Berkshire’s newspaper unit, World Media Enterprises.

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  1. Edward James

    These so called savings $C45 million (around $A44 million) a year. Is being compared to how things were before they like all the other print media lost their news and advertising monopoly. Their future will be gone long before they work out why! I notice News Limited Telegraph has dropped most of its reader comment boxes from the bottom of stories. I do not read their stories until I scroll down and see if the journalist is willing to take feed back and engage with readers, we the peoples are the source of all news. Based on what I see the “smelly” is circling the same drain as other papers. Main stream media is no longer the gatekeeper of what gets oxygen. Either they engage with their readers on line or drop off the perch. Edward James. 0243419140

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