News industry layoffs and pay/hour reductions - March 2020
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NewspaperOwnerType of PublicationCityStatusDate of AnnouncementLink to AnnouncementUnionNumber of LayoffsAdditional info
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The StrangerIndex NewspapersWeeklySeattle, WAPrint edition suspended3/13/2020
https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2020/03/13/43143769/the-stranger-temporarily-lays-off-18-employees
N/A18
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Sacramento News & ReviewNews & ReviewWeeklySacramento, CAPublication suspended indefinitely3/17/2020
https://sacblog.newsreview.com/2020/03/17/from-snrs-president-it-could-be-the-end/?fbclid=IwAR1gmh5pcckZ1eShrKWUaFEZye4zXa0DY7Qg8xvEgfeXUTk3dc51FFfFtfQ
N/A60
60 staff, 40 drivers across the three papers
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Chico Enterprise RecordNews & ReviewDailyChico, CAPublication suspended indefinitely3/18/2020
https://www.chicoer.com/2020/03/18/news-review-suspending-publication/
N/Asee above
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Reno News & ReviewNews & ReviewWeeklyReno, NVPublication suspended indefinitely3/19/2020
https://www.newsreview.com/reno/fare-thee-well/content?oid=29903970
N/Asee above
https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2020/03/18/reno-news-review-closing-its-last-issue-comes-out-thursday/2866856001/
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Cleveland SceneEuclid Media GroupWeeklyCleveland, OH
https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/03/18/scene-lays-off-five-staff-members-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic-fallout
N/A5
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The Riverfront TimesEuclid Media GroupWeeklySt. Louis, MOPrint edition suspended, web will continue3/18/2020
https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2020/03/18/coronavirus-and-the-rft
N/A7
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Orlando WeeklyEuclid Media GroupWeeklyOrlando, FL
Still operating, unclear if print edition suspended
3/18/2020
https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2020/03/18/orlando-weekly-lays-off-13-staff-members-as-coronavirus-pandemic-disrupts-global-economy?utm_source=feature&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=hpfeatures&utm_content=HomeTopFeature
N/A13
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Metro TimesEuclid Media GroupWeeklyDetroit, MI
Still operating, unclear if print edition suspended
3/18/2020
https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2020/03/18/metro-times-lays-off-8-staff-members-as-coronavirus-grinds-detroit-to-a-halt
N/A8undisclosed pay cut
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Cincinnati City BeatEuclid Media GroupWeeklyCincinnati, OH3/18/2020
https://www.citybeat.com/news/blog/21123130/citybeat-furloughs-beloved-staffers-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic-impact
N/A7pay cuts to remaining staff
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Portland MercuryIndex NewspapersWeeklyPortland, ORSuspending print3/14/2020
https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/456426-372231-coronavirus-woes-causing-cutbacks-at-portland-mercury
N/A10
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Monterey County Weekly
Milestone Communications Inc.
WeeklySeaside, CAStill operating
https://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/news_blog/as-the-coronavirus-slowdown-hits-newspapers-the-monterey-county-weekly/article_4bd91a80-6945-11ea-a08a-bb7d712b320f.html
N/A7
3 staff members hours cut, executives cut pay to $0 or took significant pay cut
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Tampa Bay TimesPoynterDailyTampa, FLStill operating3/18/2020
https://floridapolitics.com/archives/323799-tampa-bay-times-lays-off-at-least-one-reporter
N/A11
said layoffs unrelated to COVID-19
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IsthmusRed Card MediaWeeklyMadison, WISuspending publication3/19/2020
https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/madison-s-longtime-alt-weekly-isthmus-announces-shutdown-for-undetermined/article_00550f9f-85ac-5da3-a645-6917d1220f41.html
N/A20
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Barre Montpelier Times ArgusSample News Group
5-day a week
Barre, VTcutting print to 3 days a week3/20/2020
https://www.timesargus.com/news/covid19/city-room-covid--s-effects-on-us/article_35074189-82f9-5fbd-b695-ef5cc3f5751a.html
N/A20
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San Antonio CurrentSan Antonio CurrentWeeklySan Antonio, TX3/18/2020
https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2020/03/18/san-antonio-current-lays-off-10-staff-members-in-response-to-coronavirus-downturn
N/A10
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Military TimesSightline Media Group
https://twitter.com/courtneymabeus/status/1240343933022060544
N/Aat least some furloughs
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Phoenix New TimesVoice Media GroupWeeklyPhoenix, AZStill operating3/17/2020
https://twitter.com/VMGGuild/status/1240069367875784704/photo/1
NewsGuild-CWA went public Jan 21, not certified
9 layoffs, 25% pay cut
Production and sales staff. Editorial not affected yet.
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Miami New TimesVoice Media GroupWeeklyMiami, FLStill operating3/17/2020
https://twitter.com/VMGGuild/status/1240069367875784704/photo/1
NewsGuild-CWA went public Jan 21, not certified
25% pay cut, no layoffs yet
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WestwordVoice Media GroupWeeklyDenver, COStill operating3/17/2020
https://twitter.com/VMGGuild/status/1240069367875784704/photo/1
N/A1+, 25% pay cut
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Dallas ObserverVoice Media GroupWeeklyDallas, TXStill operating3/17/2020
https://twitter.com/VMGGuild/status/1240069367875784704/photo/1
N/A
25% pay cut, no layoffs yet
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Brunswick NewsBrunswick News PublishingDailyBrunswick, GAStill operating3/20/2020
https://twitter.com/WesWolfeNews/status/1241083366969090050
N/A1+
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Mineral County Independent NewsBattle Born MediaWeeklyMineral, NVShut Down3/21/2020
https://twitter.com/RalstonReports/status/1241462695691345920 | https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/coronavirus-crisis-strikes-blow-to-nevada-rural-newspapers-1988172/
N/A
10 total across papers
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Lincoln County RecordBattle Born MediaWeeklyLincoln, NVShut Down3/21/2020
https://twitter.com/RalstonReports/status/1241462695691345920 | https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/coronavirus-crisis-strikes-blow-to-nevada-rural-newspapers-1988172/
N/A
10 total across papers
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The Eureka SentinelBattle Born MediaWeeklyEureka, NVShut Down3/21/2020
https://twitter.com/RalstonReports/status/1241462695691345920 | https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/coronavirus-crisis-strikes-blow-to-nevada-rural-newspapers-1988172/
N/A
10 total across papers
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Mesquite Local NewsBattle Born MediaWeeklyMesquite, NVShut Down3/21/2020
https://twitter.com/RalstonReports/status/1241462695691345920 | https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/coronavirus-crisis-strikes-blow-to-nevada-rural-newspapers-1988172/
N/A
10 total across papers
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Sparks TribuneBattle Born MediaWeeklySparks, NVMay shut down soon3/21/2020
reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/coronavirus-crisis-strikes-blow-to-nevada-rural-newspapers-1988172/
N/A
10 total across papers
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The Ely TimesBattle Born MediaWeeklyEly, NVEureka Sentinel folded into this paper3/21/2020
reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/coronavirus-crisis-strikes-blow-to-nevada-rural-newspapers-1988172/
N/A
10 total across papers
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Times-Picayune / The Advocate - New Orleans
Georges Media GroupDailyNew Orleans, LAStill operating3/23/2020
https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/coronavirus/article_0226976e-6d37-11ea-abb2-ab9213b0edbd.html
N/A
~40 | About 10% workforce cut through indefinite furlough; plus 20% pay cut across the board for everyone else
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The Advocate - Baton RougeGeorges Media GroupDailyBaton Rouge, LAStill operating3/23/2020
https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/coronavirus/article_0226976e-6d37-11ea-abb2-ab9213b0edbd.html
N/A
~40 | About 10% workforce cut through indefinite furlough; plus 20% pay cut across the board for everyone else
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Austin ChronicleWeeklyAustin, TXReducing print to biweekly3/20/2020
https://www.austinchronicle.com/columns/2020-03-20/we-have-an-issue-hang-in-there/
N/AN/A
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Oklahoma GazetteGazette MediaWeeklyOklahoma City, OKSuspending print3/18/2020
https://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/oklahoma-gazette-pauses-print-publication/Content?oid=7111307
N/A
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Shepherd ExpressWeeklyMilwaukee, WISuspending print, still operating online3/18/2020
https://shepherdexpress.com/news/happening-now/covid-19s-impact-on-the-shepherd-express-newspaper/#/questions/
N/A
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The PulseWeeklyChattanooga, TNEnding publication, might remain online3/18/2020
http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/citylife/from-the-editor/not-an-ending-but-a-beginning/
N/A
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Mountain XpressAsheville, NC3/20/2020
https://mountainx.com/news/xpress-announces-staff-cuts/
N/A7
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Creative LoafingTampa Bay, FL3/18/2020
https://www.cltampa.com/news-views/local-news/article/21123078/creative-loafing-tampa-bay-lays-off-seven-staff-members-in-response-to-coronavirus-pandemic
N/A7
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Queen City NerveCharlotte, NCCutting print run in half3/18/2020
https://qcnerve.com/limited-offer-home-delivery-of-queen-city-nerve/
N/A
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Dig BostonBoston, MASuspending print3/16/2020
https://digboston.com/digboston-halts-print-edition-goes-digital-only-needs-your-help/
N/A
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The CoastHalifax, Nova ScotiaSuspending print3/19/2020
https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/pause-the-presses/Content?oid=23704060
N/Anearly 20
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Daily Hampshire GazetteNewspapers of New EnglandDailyNorthampton, MANewsGuild-CWA6
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Wyoming Tribune EagleAdams Publishing GroupDailyCheyenne, WYStill operating3/24/2020
https://twitter.com/cheyennewsguild/status/1242557479763890177?s=20
NewsGuild-CWAN/A25% pay cuts
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Charleston Gazette-MailHD MediaDailyCharleston, WVStill operating3/24/2020N/AAt least 3
Sports writer, Features reporter, Photographer. Might be more.
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Idaho PressAdams Publishing GroupDailyNampa, IDStill operating3/24/2020
https://twitter.com/nicoleMfoy/status/1242565338593521664?s=20
N/A25% pay cuts
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Boise WeeklyAdams Publishing GroupWeeklyBoise, IDStill operating3/24/2020
https://twitter.com/nicoleMfoy/status/1242565338593521664?s=20
N/A25% pay cuts
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The Sun Chronicle
Triboro Massachusetts News Media
DailyAttleboro, MAStill operating3/24/2020
https://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/coronavirus/a-message-to-our-readers/article_b1642aea-94c2-5676-aaf3-2e39845805ad.html
Multiple
Political reporter Jim Hand confirmed he was laid off https://twitter.com/TSCPolitics/status/1242483001130397697?s=20
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The IndependentGannettWeeklyWakefield, RI3/24/2020
https://twitter.com/CamMerritt_News/status/1242555507119992839?s=20
At least 1
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Providence Business News
Providence Business News Inc
WeeklyProvidence, RISuspending Print3/23/2020
https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2020/03/23/r-i-newspaper-suspends-print-production-during.html
2 for now
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Seven Days
Pamela Polston, Paula Routly, Don Eggert, Cathy Resmer and Colby Roberts
Layoffs - 15% of workforce3/23/2020
https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2020/03/23/media-note-seven-days-lays-off-seven-employees?media=AMP+HTML&__twitter_impression=true
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15% of workforce; 1 person from each department
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BuzzFeed
Kenneth Lerer; NBC Universal
WebNew York, NYPay cuts3/25/2020
https://www.thedailybeast.com/buzzfeed-slashing-employee-pay-amid-the-coronavirus-crisis?ref=author
NewsGuild-CWAN/A
Pay cuts are on a scale; union issued statement
https://www.nyguild.org/post/from-buzzfeed-news-union-our-statement-on-buzzfeeds-plans-to-reduce-employee-salaries
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TruthdigWebHiatus3/26/2020https://www.truthdig.com/
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