Denver Post cutting staff in the newsroom, again

The Denver Post is looking to cut 20 positions from its newsroom staff, offering buyouts as incentive for veteran employees to leave and stave off a round of layoffs at Colorado’s largest newspaper.

Editor Greg Moore told assembled staff members Thursday afternoon that the paper is seeking to save the newsroom budget $1.5 million with the reductions. It’s at least the third round of buyouts at the newspaper in the last eight years.

“It’s just looking at expenses and looking at revenue and finding ways to keep the company profitable, healthy and, you know, open,” Moore said in an interview afterward. “It’s basically that, getting expenses in line with revenue,” he said. “I’m glad we’re able to make an offer that may make sense for some people, but it’s always tough and regrettable.”

There are about 165 newsroom staff members at the newspaper. About 66 would be eligible for the voluntary buyout available to people who have worked there 10 years or more. Other staffing reductions will be made at Denver Post divisions outside the newsroom, Moore confirmed, but the number of people affected isn’t clear.

Moore said the cuts are unrelated to the recent efforts by the Post’s owner, New York City-based Digital First Media, to sell its 70-plus newspaper operation. It stopped shopping the whole business— which includes newspapers such as the Los Angeles Daily News, San Jose Mercury News, Salt Lake Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press — saying it’s not the right time.

Courier Shareholders Ok Merger with RR Donnelley

Courier Corp. announced that the Courier shareholders voted to approve the previously announced definitive agreement, dated as of Feb. 5, 2015, pursuant to which RR Donnelley & Sons will acquire Courier. At a special meeting held earlier, approximately 78 percent of Courier shares outstanding and entitled to be voted, were voted in favor of the agreement. Courier shareholders also voted to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the compensation payable to certain executive officers of Courier in connection with the transaction.

Midland Paper Launches New Wide- and Grand-Format Inkjet Media Catalog

Midland Specialty Paper and Film, a division of Midland Paper, Packaging + Supplies, is proud to announce the recent release of its new Wide-format Inkjet Product Guide 2015. “Our new Inkjet Media Product Guide 2015 features an abundance of new products and is incredibly user friendly. We organized it according to end use and ink compatibility so that our customers can easily select the right print media for their application,” commented David Field, senior business manager, Inkjet Technologies for the Specialty Paper and Film Division.

“We are obviously committed long-term to being a player in the inkjet production market as evidenced by our new catalog,” said Mike Ratcliff, Midland vice president and general manager for the Specialty Paper and Film Division. “The launch of this catalog represents another huge step in becoming the premier merchant supplier of Specialty Media to the commercial print market in the U.S.”

Rapidity adds to wide-format offering

Rapidity is making its first move into flatbed wide-format with new kit from Canon and Esko. The firm signed up for a Canon Océ Arizona 480XT printer and Esko Kongsberg XN44 digital cutting table at Fespa in Cologne last month.

It bought the Arizona directly from Canon, and purchased the Esko from Duplo in a £300,000 investment. The Arizona has a bed size of 2.5×3.05m and is configured with eight ink channels, CCMMYK plus white and clear.  The Kongsberg has a diverse range of cutting and milling options for sign and display and other applications. It can cut materials up to 50mm thick.

“It’s our first foray into flatbeds, we’ll be able to do sign and display from central London,” said managing director Paul Manning. The new kit, which will be installed by the end of June, augments Rapidity’s existing wide-format set-up, which includes a HP Latex 360. Rapidity is creating a ‘showroom style’ area for the new equipment at its 1,350sqm premises in EC1, near Angel.

“We’re remodelling around 3,000 square feet of our office area to create a showroom style space, where we can showcase all the things the machines are capable of producing such as glass, wood and tiles,” explained production director Ben Manning.
“We have an existing wide-format customer base that includes sports and events companies, and we’ll be able to offer them extra services.”

Rapidity has taken on an additional employee with expertise in site surveys and installations as a result of the investment. The £6m-turnover firm employs 35 staff. The company has a wide range of production facilities in-house, including HP Indigo and Xerox digital print kit, comprehensive finishing facilities including perfect, lay-flat and wire binding, and a Heidelberg Platen for die-cutting and foil blocking. It also offers mailing and fulfilment services.

“We also liked the Arizona because it allows us to produce covers for large case-bound books which cannot be done on the HP Indigo. Creative services is something we are keen to grow into, producing on-demand, bespoke pitch work for new and existing customers,” he added. “And the Kongsberg can do short-run die-cutting as an additional option to our platen.”