Wednesday, March 18, 2009

McClatchy Further Cannibalizes The State

Citing a national economic cliff dive as a big reason for the layoffs of 38 employees of The State — 11 percent of the newspaper’s workforce — the California-based company that owns the paper, McClatchy, says those cutbacks are part of companywide cost-cutting measures.

Of course, fewer reporters means less access to information by the public, especially when it comes to government.

“The cuts in reporting staff at The State and in other newspapers means there are less feet on the street covering government, and it will surely have an impact on the reports citizens get about City Hall, school boards and the Legislature,” says Bill Rogers, director of the South Carolina Press Association.

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