By: E&P Staff
Journal Register Co, is considering closing the production plant at its Daily Freeman, in Kingston, N.Y., and move printing about 70 minutes north and across the Hudson River to The Record, its daily in Troy.
The Freeman has a weekday circulation of 16,393 and Sunday circulation of 19.486, according to the Audit Bureau of circulations FAS-FAX reorts for the period ended March 31. The smaller Record circulates 9,643 copies (10,424 Sundays), but operates a larger, though older, doublewide press.
The Times Herald-Record, a Dow Jones Local Media Group daily in Middletown, N.Y., reported Aug. 30 that Freeman Publisher Ira Fusfeld called the plan “tentative,” saying it would eliminate nine full-time positions and 49 part-time jobs in the pressroom and mailroom.
Though the change may come at the cost of earlier deadlines, Fusfeld said the time had come to focus on those who look to digital media for breaking news, and that he hoped savings from production consolidation could lead to newsroom hiring.
Newspaper Guild President Patricia Doxsey told the Times Herald-Record‘s Jeremiah Horrigan that it would be “a mistake to cast aside that segment of the readership that has made the paper profitable even now,” but that she, too, hoped efficiencies might pay for new staffers.