Archive for January 19th, 2010

Toronto Star holds onto copy editing

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The Toronto Star has abandoned a plan to outsource its copy editing, instead going with a new page production desk that will employ about half as many copy editor positions as would have been cut, CBC News reports.

The paper announced the plan in November, then said union concessions could keep it from happening. On Monday, editor Michael Cooke announced a deal with the union and the implementation of a desk with “up to 35” staff members.

The original plan was to cut 70 full-time and eight part-time editorial jobs and another 39 full-time and four part-time pre-press jobs in a bid to save more than $4 million a year.

Copy editing jobs would have been outsourced to a firm called Pagemasters, which does contracted work for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age in Melbourne and the New Zealand Herald.

The Star is still likely to cut the 43 pre-press jobs, according to the CBC.

“Some 166 employees have accepted voluntary buyouts at the newspaper and the offer has been extended for some [other] areas of the company,” the report says. “Torstar Corp. employs about 7,000 people, while the Star has about 1,300 workers across all its divisions, including its printing plant just north of Toronto.”

Charlotte Observer cuts 25 positions

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The Charlotte Observer, McClatchy’s largest newspaper in the Carolina, announced the elimination of 25 positions today.

The cuts are involuntary and will include 11 full-time positions in the newsroom. Departing employees will receive buyout packages, the newspaper said.

Publisher Ann Culkins blamed declining revenue and “a difficult local economy.”

Earlier this month, McClatchy announced layoffs of more than 85 people at its newspapers in Raleigh, Sacramento, Columbia, S.C., Fort Worth, Texas, and Anchorage, Alaska.

Magazine publishers optimistic

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Magazine publishers Time Inc., Condé Nast and Hearst Magazines expect advertising to be “up or at least flat through March,” Crain’s New York Business says.

The report also says “advertisers that had been focused primarily on the Web are coming back to print. Automakers in particular have rediscovered magazines as they plan new model launches this year.”

Publishers Information Bureau says ad pages across the industry fell 26 percent in 2009, and ad revenue slid 18 percent.