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Large Newspapers Laid Off 27% Of Staffers In 2018

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The Pew Research Center released some sobering data this week. Around one-quarter of newspapers with an average Sunday circulation of 50,000 or more experienced layoffs in 2018.

The hardest-hit group of newspapers were in the mid-market range, with an average Sunday circulation between 100,000 and 249,999.

According to the analysis, a smaller share of newspapers had layoffs this year than last, with 32% of those papers taking a hit in 2017 and 27% in 2018. However, many of those large papers, 31%, had more than one round of layoffs last year.

Of the 31% that experienced layoffs in 2017, 9% of those papers had layoffs again in 2018.

Among the newspapers studied for the analysis, 62% laid off more than 10 people in 2018, up from the 42% that did in 2017, signaling that while layoffs were slightly down, the damage wrought by them went up.

Source: Media Post


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