The Globe and Mail‘s Simon Houpt on the hidden costs of shedding journalistic staff from local newsrooms.
Postmedia, in response to a desperate need to cut costs and service its debt, cut 90 staff and merged newsrooms in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa.
John Stackhouse started at the Globe and Mail newspaper in 1989, just as the really flush years of newspapers were ending. A very talented journalist, he rose through the ranks and became the logical heir-apparent when publisher Philip Crawley tired of editor-in-chief Edward Greenspon in the spring of 2009.
Monday through Friday delivery of a La Presse newspaper ends in Montreal on Jan. 1. For weekdays, if you want the news, you’ll need to get the app installed on your tablet.
From Fagstein (“No more paywall at the Journal de Montréal“): “Autre nouvelle importante”, it starts, burying the lead a bit: The Journal de Montréal announced on Wednesday that all content on its website will now be free. Ditto for the Journal de Québec. No more paywall on either site.
The commentary’s subhead: “Bell Media’s recent round of newsroom layoffs is a reminder of the threat to journalism that corporate conglomerates pose.”
CBC pulled together a story listing who has been cut so far by Bell Media in the giant company’s quest to eliminate a total of at least 380 jobs.
Jeff Bradley had some great sportswriting gigs over the years, but it all came to an end on Jan. 15, 2013 when he was laid off. So what does a guy with 25 years of writing experience do to put food on the table?
Frank magazine had a possible scoop Saturday night: Postmedia to shut down dailies in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Frank Fact Postmedia, which lost $263.4-million last year, will fold the Ottawa Sun and the Ottawa Citizen into one paper in March. Likewise in Calgary and Edmonton. The Herald and the Sun will become one paper; The Journal will merge with the Edmonton Sun. Source: Reliable Postmedia’s ongoing losses and shrinking print […]
From the Globe and Mail (“Bell Media to cut 270 jobs in Toronto, 110 in Montreal“): Ongoing cost-cutting at Bell Media will see the company slash about 270 jobs in Toronto and 110 more in Montreal by the end of November.