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Nothing says "winning business model" quite like providing less service at a higher price. On the other hand, it doesn't take an army of highly paid reporters to reprint DNC press releases as "news."
The jobs of 34 Star-Ledger employees — including nearly 10 percent of the newsroom — are being eliminated in the first large-scale layoffs in the history of the state's largest daily newspaper, publisher Richard Vezza said this morning.
Eighteen part- and full-time staffers in The Star-Ledger's newsroom of 195 employees are expected to be laid off today, along with 16 positions in other departments. The totals include 19 full-time employees and 15 part-time positions.
In a letter posted shortly after 8 a.m. today throughout the newspaper's Newark offices, Vezza called it a difficult day, and blamed the dramatic cuts on continuing financial pressures and the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy, in an industry already hard hit by a steady decline in readership and sinking ad revenues.
Yeah, about that declining readership thing. Stop raising the price! The Ledger just sent out a letter announcing a home delivery price increase to $7 per week. A dollar a day. For left-wing propaganda I could get from DailyKos for free. And sports. Is it worth $365 a year to read about the Jets while I'm on the can? I'm thinking "no".
In an interview this morning, Vezza said he does not foresee any other big changes to the newspaper in the near future.
"This is not a foreshadowing the demise of the paper," Vezza said. "We have no plans for further layoffs."
Which is exactly what Vezza said last time, in 2008, when he axed 304 people, including 151 from the newsroom.
But I'll bet he's keeping senior editor Tom Moran. Gotta continue spewing that gay-marriage-cheering, gun-controlling, abortion-on-demand, tax-the-rich agitprop!
You know, thinking about their declining revenues, maybe Vezza should implement
Moran's tax ideas as a pricing model. Wealthy towns should pay more for the
paper! Sell the Ledger for a quarter in Newark, but charge $10 in Alpine. It's
not like they can't "afford it," right? Practice what you guys preach. I'm
sure the dollars will really roll in.
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