Omaha World-Herald cuts 43 jobs

That is a significant drop in employees at the newspaper.


The paper will also have less content as there will be fewer pages.

This is not a minor blood-letting:

Meanwhile, The World- Herald’s parent company, Omaha-based BH Media, on Tuesday also announced expense-saving measures at other properties across the U.S. Those measures included staff reductions affecting 148 people at BH Media newspapers and the elimination of 101 vacant positions, figures that include the reductions at The World-Herald.

The total number of jobs affected represents about 6 percent of BH Media’s workforce.

And yet, the sunny-spinning of rot goes on:

“The data suggest our industry is changing, not dying,” Kroeger said. “Our news content has never been more important than it is right now.”

BH Media, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, owns 31 daily newspapers and websites, including The World-Herald, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Tulsa World. It also owns weekly publications and the ABC television affiliate in Miami.

Taylor said the newspaper industry is changing.

“We must adapt to meet the expectations of our readers and advertising customers,” he said. “Our newsroom is still equipped to provide high-quality journalism. Fact-based reporting is as important today as any point in our history. Our newsroom reports stories no competitor can match. That will continue.”

If that were true, you wouldn’t have this kind of slashing. Jobs in the industry have substantially decreased in the last couple of decades, even though you have had the migration to an online presence for the last twenty years.

But when you try to make a bad situation sound good, you merely dig yourself deeper into that grave. It is not as if the Internet is some new-fangled thing: you have a generation of adults who grew up with it. This sort of excuse would be more believable if the Internet just hit the scene three years ago.

Publications used to celebrate when they hit the 20 year mark because they have been established. We have those who run newspapers still behaving as if they are living in 1999.

The job losses in journalism are permanent. No one has managed to turn their ship around, but that reality hasn’t sunk in yet.

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