Indiana ‘Courier & Press’ Trims Its Staff

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By: E&P Staff

The Evansville Courier Co., which operates the Courier & Press in Indiana and other papers and niche publications, announced it’s trimming its workforce by 32 positions.

Owned by the E.W. Scripps Co., the Courier cut 38 jobs in July when it moved the printing of The Gleaner in Henderson Ky., to the Courier’s plant.

After the reductions, the company will employ 335. Jack Pate, president and publisher, told the Courier & Press that 45% of the jobs eliminated were through attrition.

“The expense reductions are necessary due to rising cost of newsprint and employee health care. … Labor costs and rising newsprint expenses are causing most of our problems,” Pate told Carol Wersich, who reported the story at the Courier & Press.

Health care premiums and newsprint costs at the company are expected to rise 20% and 29% next year, respectively, Pate said.

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