Herald-Times to print in Indianapolis

“The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Indiana) is relocating its newspaper printing and production from Bloomington to a plant in Indianapolis that prints the Indianapolis Star, the paper announced.

The paper’s news and advertising teams will stay in Bloomington.

The move will likely mean some layoffs, but the number has not been set, the paper said.

The change will take place in February.

“This was not an easy decision at all, and in no way a reflection on the dedicated and talented staff that have produced our newspapers for so many years,” said General Manager Larry Hensley. “The financial reality is that we must make these difficult decisions to sustain our future and to continue to be the dominant source of local journalism in our communities we serve.”

GateHouse bought the paper in January 2019. The move follows GateHouse Media’s $1.4 billion purchase of Gannett, which was completed in late 2019. The merged company uses the Gannett name”

Source: News and Tech, 2020

Columbus Dispatch to print in Indianapolis

“The Columbus Dispatch is relocating its newspaper printing from Columbus to a facility in Indianapolis, the paper reported.

The March shuttering of the Dispatch printing facility, at 5300 Crosswind Drive, will impact 188 employees, the paper said. The closure won’t change the delivery of the paper. The paper’s news and advertising staffs will stay local, the paper said.

The move follows GateHouse Media’s $1.4 billion purchase of Gannett, which was completed in late 2019. The merged company uses the Gannett name. GateHouse had bought the Dispatch in 2015.

The Gannett-owned Cincinnati Enquirer and Kentucky Enquirer are now being printed in Louisville, the Dispatch said. Those papers had been printed in at the Columbus facility for five years. Various smaller Gannett papers in Ohio are also printed in Indianapolis.

The move means earlier deadlines and a shift to the traditional broadsheet size for the Dispatch and the Enquirer. Both papers had switched to compact formats in the mid-2010s.”

Source: News and Tech, 2020 

Metro Boston shuts down

“Metro Boston, a free daily started in 2001, has closed, the Boston Business Journal

“After 19 years in Boston, we are sad to announce the closure of Metro Boston, effective today,” publishers Ed Abrams and Susan Peiffer wrote in a message to readers, according to Boston.com.

The New York Post reported in early January that the New York-based Schneps Media bought the paper’s two sister publications — Metro New York and Metro Philadelphia.

Metro New York was subsequently joined with another daily to create amNewYork Metro.

“We no longer have access to centralized resources, and a difficult decision had to be made,” Abrams and Peiffer wrote.

The commuter paper had daily circulation of 50,000 for its Monday–Thursday editions, according to The Boston Globe, which partly owned the paper until 2013.

Mayor Marty Walsh dubbed the shuttering “a loss for the Boston community.””

Source: News and Tech, 2020

Star-Banner moving print to Gainesville

“Printing of The Star-Banner will move from Ocala (Florida) to The Gainesville Sun in February, the Ocala paper announced. https://www.ocala.com/news/20200107/star-banner-announces-move-of-print-production-to-gainesville

Gannett owns both papers.

Local news and advertising employees will stay in Ocala, the paper said. The move won’t change deadlines for the paper.

Printing of other papers done at the Ocala site, including the News-Journal in Daytona and the Orlando Sentinel, will move to the Ledger, a paper in Lakeland, the Star-Banner said.

The Gainesville and Lakeland sites have equipment with more capacity, which played a part in the move, according to Publisher Rynni Henderson.

The paper did not report the number of production layoffs involved. No news or advertising jobs were lost, according to Henderson.

Staff in Ocala will be invited to apply for positions created in Gainesville and Lakeland because of the change, the paper said.

Henderson said the move will mean a cost savings that will let the papers preserve “vital journalism jobs.””

Source: News and Tech, 2020

Seattle Times to cut 42 as it sells plant

“The Seattle Times has filed a federal WARN Act notice informing workers that it will cut 42 employees at its North Creek printing plant in Bothell in March, Seattle Business reported.

The daily announced last spring that it would shutter the plant and sell the property to fund news operations. The paper said at the time that around 150 people worked at the plant. Some employees from the North Creek facility were expected to move to the Seattle Times’ plant in Kent, the paper had announced previously.

The Seattle Times’ owners, the Blethen family, sold four properties for $88 million between 2011 and 2013, including the daily’s old newsroom, Seattle Business said.

A sale ad for the Seattle Times North Creek plant from Windemere Commercial said the sale is being managed by Century Pacific at a listing price of $45 million. The ad says the property is a 352,259-square-foot industrial facility on 23.7 acres.”

Source: News and Tech, 2o20