Dallas Morning News to Outsource Print Design Work, 25 Jobs Eliminated

The Dallas Morning News will outsource its design and print layout work, eliminating 20 positions by midyear, Editor Mike Wilson informed the staff on Thursday.

The News has hired GateHouse Media for the paper’s print page design and layout. GateHouse owns 121 daily newspapers, including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Columbus Dispatch — both of which it acquired in 2015.

Its Center for News and Design in Austin copy-edits and designs more than 200 newspapers and 300 special sections, according to its website. Among the papers it produces are The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City and daily sections for newspapers in the Cox Media Group, including the Austin American-Statesman.

Those multi-platform editors will produce stories for the web, as well as copy-edit and write headlines for print.

GateHouse Media CEO Kirk Davis said the company’s Austin hub has been open about three years and employs 230 people. He said he expects to hire around 50 new people in the coming year.

News employees will be able to apply for jobs there. Wilson said The News print design team will be phased out between May and early June.

Additionally, the paper laid off five newsroom employees, as it continues to grapple with declining revenues and broad consumer shifts across the industry.