Friday, December 19, 2008

Register Closes Weeklies

Sixteen area newspapers have bitten the dust, and 21 reporters and editors are out of jobs.

Employees of the Journal Register Co. received that pre-Christmas surprise late Thursday afternoon at a meeting at the main New Haven Register plant on Sargent Drive in New Haven.

General Manager John Slater informed those assembled that the company is immediately shutting down the eight weeklies in the company’s Shoreline divisions and the eight in its Elm City chain, according to employees.

The papers affected include the Branford Review, Hamden Chronicle, Milford Weekly, Stratford Bard, North Haven Post, Shelton Weekly, West Haven News, Wallingford Voice, Clinton Recorder, East Haven Advertisers, among others. (Find the full list here.)

“It’s like, ‘Merry Fucking Christmas,’ you know?” said one employee present at the meeting. Not that the announcement was a total surprise: “We’ve been in such flux for so long. They consolidated us. They moved us to New Haven. The writing was on the wall.”

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