Newspaper Layoffs and Furloughs

By: Mike George Email
By: Mike George Email

A slow down in the economy, a reduction in advertising revenue and declining readerships, have all played a role in two area newspapers announcing employee changes.

The Evening Post Publishing Co., the parent company of the Bryan-College Station Eagle, has announced furloughs or unpaid time off for it's employees. In Tuesday's edition of The Eagle the paper is reporting the five day furloughs will take place some time in the second quarter.

In Houston, that city's only daily, the Chronicle has announced it has begun laying off about 12 percent of its work force.

In a story posted Tuesday on the newspaper's Web site, Publisher
and President Jack Sweeney blames the cuts on changes in the
newspaper industry.

Sweeney did not specify how many jobs are to be cut or what
departments they serve.

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