newspaper industry

Akron Beacon Journal Among GateHouse Media Newspapers to See Staff Cuts

May 26, 2019
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Two managers were laid off at the Akron Beacon Journal Friday, bringing the total of newsroom cuts to nine over the past two days. It's the latest blow to a print industry battling digital competition.

The Beacon Journal is one of 156 daily newspapers and more than 300 weeklies owned by New York-based GateHouse Media.

Twenty-nine union employees at the Plain Dealer—mostly copy editors, page designers, and illustrators—will be laid off after March 2019, according to George Rodrigue, the paper’s Editor and President. The plan is to outsource most of those jobs to a New Yorked-based company called Advance Local, which is a subsidiary of the PD’s parent company, Advance Publications.