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Positions eliminated in Journal-World’s production, distribution departments

January 17, 2012

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Eight production and distribution jobs were eliminated Tuesday at the Journal-World.

The staff reduction, management said, was triggered by changes in printing arrangements for USA Today, which has been produced at the Journal-World for more than 25 years. However, beginning Monday, Gannett Co. Inc. shifted a significant quantity of the printing to a company-owned plant in Des Moines, Iowa.

These job cuts are in addition to reductions announced last week.

Comments

AreUKiddingMe 2 years, 11 months ago

Were all the jobs eliminated on the USA Today side?

lionheart72661 2 years, 11 months ago

The Simons sold Sunflower Broadband to save the paper. I have a feeling they should have sold the dying paper instead!

ksjayhawk74 2 years, 11 months ago

The paper is not dying. If you read, the article will explain that the layoffs have to do with the loss of printing a large portion of USA Today copies that the company had relied on for 25 years. That is a huge chunk of money that they don't have to operate on anymore so they have to restructure.

Actually the LJ World is doing just fine, especially on-line.

Kent Fisher 2 years, 11 months ago

There are reasons why they lost the Gannett contract. The LJW is indeed nearing its demise. Just ask those people whose jobs were eliminated last week. You could count the number of advertisements in yesterday's paper on one hand. Without the advertising revenue, the newspaper has little value. They are not using the Sunflower windfall to support the newspaper. Soon, they will only be left with the ljworld.com web site.

ajacobs 2 years, 11 months ago

ksjayhawk74 you've hit the nail right on the head, actually. The audience is strong, very strong. The Gannett USA Today contract was not "lost" , the iowa portion can now be handled by a Gannett publication, saving them transportation costs, it's as simple as that. It makes sense but it's a blow, especially coming at a time of strong readership and solid numbers

Kent Fisher 2 years, 11 months ago

"especially coming at a time of strong readership and solid numbers"...

Newspapers exist to sell advertising. The numbers aren't there anymore. The demise of the newspaper industry is a sad thing, but inevitable.

down_the_river 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Mark Fagan, for your 20 years of reporting at the JW. The background and knowledge of the community that you brought will be sorely missed. Good luck on whatever path may open for you.

FarneyMac 2 years, 11 months ago

Well said. I have faith that Mark will land on his feet quickly - he's just too darn good not to.

sinkorswim 2 years, 11 months ago

Wow. I wondered where First Bell and Mark Fagan had gone. What a shame.

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