Huntsville Times’ press to run for last time Sunday night

Employees, retirees and their families have been invited to watch the presses roll for the last time at The Huntsville Times just after midnight on Sunday, according to a memo from the pressroom manager. After that, the newspaper will be printed at The Birmingham News, which also is owned by Advance Publications. Both papers, along with the Press-Register in Mobile and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, will be printed three times a week starting in October; the four papers laid off about 600 journalists in the two states in June. “Remember that this is a work area and safety is a priority,” wrote pressroom manager Stephen Jolly. “Also you could get dirty so don’t wear your Sunday best.” || Related: Times-Picayune rescinds layoff notices to some employees after those offered jobs decide to leave (Gambit) | Times-Picayune retains most of its legal advertising, but alternative weekly gets some (NOLA.com/Poynter) | Readers around the country pan Advance’s websites (WadeKwon.com) || Earlier: What’s the future of news in Alabama after layoffs, consolidation? (Poynter)

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  • http://anita-writ-in-water.blogspot.com/ Anitanola

    Good tip from the pressroom manager but I’d totally wear white linen to this last rite and hope to get some ink on it. Then I’d keep it that way, not just as a souvenir, but to wear in protest of the demise of newsrooms all across the country. 

  • Anonymous

    For the Huntsville Times, at least a portion of the blame rests with the downsizing of NASA and its related contractors. That federal budget decline affected most areas of the South where the Space Program had developed. New Orleans’ Times-Picayune is another piece of collateral damage which NASA’s demise didn’t help, e.g. NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. 

  • http://twitter.com/danielrhorton Daniel Horton

    Isn’t that kind of like watching the body during a cremation?

  • http://wadeonbirmingham.com/ Wade Kwon

    Thanks for the link, Steve!