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Anniston cuts 10 percent of staff

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by slappy4428, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 10:49 AM CST
    Anniston Star cuts 10 percent of work force
    Birmingham Business Journal - by Cindy F. Crawford Staff

    The difficult economy has taken its toll on another Alabama newspaper.

    The Anniston Star, owned by Consolidated Publishing Co., laid off about 15 employees, or 10 percent of its work force Wednesday, with cuts hitting all divisions of the newspaper – including the newsroom, company officials said.

    In a memo to employees, Chairman and Publisher H. Brandt Ayers and President Phillip A. Sanguinetti said, "It was painful for our family and the board to make decisions we wouldn't have even contemplated in the past, but we cannot survive on continued losses."

    Anniston’s announcement is not the only one of its kind in Alabama. In July, the Birmingham News offered employees buyouts to trim its payroll by as much as 80 people as the economy chips at newspaper circulation and advertising revenue.

    In a story in The Anniston Star Thursday, the paper said newspapers across the country are trimming staff, with one estimate saying more than 6,000 newspaper staffers have lost their jobs in the past year.

    The family-owned Star marked its 125th anniversary this summer.
  2. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    I wonder how many newspapers made 10 percent cuts just because ... everybody else is doing it. I'm serious.
  3. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Some people on the board share the sentiment, Fredrick. Basically, the belief by these same people is that some beancounters have been anxious to do this for years. With the economy in the toilet, this is the time to do it if you believe those sorts.
  4. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

  5. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    Rick Bragg's old paper, correct?
  6. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    It's amazing what beancounters will do to get their own 3 percent raises. I mean 30 percent raises. Amazing how publishers don't realize just one person per paper pretty much has ruined the business.
  7. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    Good friend of mine left there during past year and went to cyberspace.
    He's still writing lots, thank goodness.
  8. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    If Anniston says it is hurting for cash, I believe them. Family-owned shop that has busted ass over the years to cover way more stuff than anyone has a right to expect from a 25k rag.
  9. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    That's right.
    They covered the shit out of colleges and 100 (I exaggerate) prep schools.
    Hell, they had three beat writers - one for Aubie, Ala, and Jacksonville State.
    Amazing that papers try to do so much. Spread the talent ragged and offer little help on desk, most nites.
    Terrible morale at some of these shops, as a result.
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    So who got cut from editorial? Anyone from sports?
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