‘Newsday’ Hangs the Help-Wanted Sign

By: E&P Staff

With a new union contract that has reduced wages, Newsday, Melville, N.Y., plans to move from earlier workforce reductions to reporting staff additions.

First reported by Crain’s New York Business, Editor-in-Chief Debby Krenek told her staff in an Aug. 11 memo that the Cablevision Systems-owned daily will hire 37 reporters — three to fill new positions — in coming months, and will boost coverage by 2,600 pages annually, or about seven pages a day.

More reporters will enable Newsday to double the number of pages devoted to Long Island news and add regional zoned editions for the Sunday paper’s Long Island section, according to the memo.

Krenek also promised more local investigations and enterprise stories, more business coverage and a daily e-mailed business newsletter. The paper also will give about 80% more space weekly to its opinion section.

While the second quarter of 2010 saw Newsday revenue fall 10%, to $80 million, from second-quarter 2009, the paper halved its operating loss to $1.3 million.

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