St. Louis ‘Post-Dispatch’ and ‘Portland Press Herald’ Announce Job Cuts

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By: E&P Staff

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and Maine Today have caught the industry’s job-cuts fever. The Post-Dispatch will eliminate 31 jobs, while the Press Herald will eliminate 27 positions, including 15 layoffs.

At the Post-Dispatch, newsroom jobs will be spared; the reductions will mainly take place in the circulation department, the classified phone rooms, the production department, purchasing, telephone operations, and the marketing department. While some management positions will be eliminated, no specific number was given.

Some newsroom positions will be eliminated at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and Maine Today, but no reporters will be cut. But the job reductions will affect every department at the paper, and a mixture of part- and full-time positions will be eliminated. In an effort to further reduce costs, the Press Herald will also cut back on supplemental wire services and reduce its newshole.

Both papers cited general economic woes being felt across the country and declines in advertising as reasons for the cuts. Press Herald Publisher Charles E. Cochrane told his paper that this year?s advertising is ?considerably below budget,? and the rest of the year doesn?t look much better.

Post-Dispatch Publisher Kevin Mowbray said in a statement at STLtoday.com that declines in advertising were especially high in businesses associated with the housing market, which has been in a slump: “Although the Post-Dispatch is performing relatively well, especially compared with other metropolitan newspapers, we believe it is prudent to dial back our expenses modestly.”

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