By: Joe Strupp
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will cut its workforce by 8 percent, some 189 jobs, and eliminate its “geographically targeted news sections” as part of a cost-cutting plan the paper announced Wednesday.
“The moves come amid an advertising revenue slump that has ravaged the newspaper industry and has been made worse by rising costs for fuel and newsprint,” the paper reported.
The paper reported that “job cuts, which will occur between August and October, will mainly affect the news and advertising departments at the company. They will be accomplished through voluntary buyouts, layoffs and job eliminations.” The company currently has about 2,300 full-time employees.
“The daily Gwinnett News section, as well as the weekly NorthSide, CityLife and NorthWest sections ? all inserts in the main Journal-Constitution ? will disappear starting in August,” the story added, noting that “the AJC will maintain news bureaus in Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb and North Fulton, adding that the daily newspaper’s metro and sports sections will expand to handle coverage from those areas.”
The paper stated that: “the cost of producing the separate community sections has become ‘prohibitive,’ citing a 35-percent jump in newsprint costs over the past year. The AJC last year eliminated similar sections for news in south metro Atlanta counties, and it also has cut the daily paper’s circulation area.”