Monday, March 9, 2009

Newspapers Continue Cost Cutting In North Carolina

Newspapers continue to experience financial problems in North Carolina as some newspapers go from daily to only twice a week, consolidate newsrooms, and also shut down their printing presses. The News & Observer, Charlotte Observer, Reidsville Review, Eden Daily News, Thomasville Times, and High Point Enterprise have recently made cost-cutting measures.

In a memo that was recently posted on the Poynter media website, the News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh and Charlotte Observer will consolidate their features departments. The two newspapers are owned by McClatchy Newspapers, which is having trouble keeping some papers such as the Miami Herald open.

"We are pleased to announce that the features departments in Charlotte and Raleigh will merge and work together as one department," said the memo from the newspapers' editors to employees. "The editors in each department will plan together, communicate daily and assist each other in editing."

Leading the features departments for both newspapers will be Linda Williams of the News & Observer. Last year, both newspapers merged their sports departments to avoid duplication as well.

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