Monday, November 17, 2008

Eight Michigan newspapers to downsize

Eight Michigan newspapers are downsizing their staffs and consolidating operations in response to increasingly grim economic conditions, according to a report by the Grand Rapids Press.

The cutbacks will involve involuntary layoffs and establishing one copy desk and ad production location for all eight newspapers, its publishers said.

The newspaper chain is owned by Advance Publications in Staten Island, N.Y. When reached for comment Monday morning, Advance declined to comment on the downsizing because they are a privately held company and don't typically discuss such matters publicly.

The newspapers affected are: the Ann Arbor News, the Grand Rapids Press, the Flint Journal, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, the Bay City Times, Muskegeon Chronicle and the Saginaw News.

Grand Rapids Press Publisher Dan Gaydou was not available for comment Monday morning. In written statements, Gaydou, along with Flint Journal Publisher David Sharp, said the reorganization will allow the newspapers to improve their mlive.com Web site and will not disrupt news or advertising functions.


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