Cox Media Group papers to consolidate copy editing, other jobs | Creative Loafing | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Under Cox’s restructuring plan, copy editing and page design jobs will be consolidated in Dayton, at the Daily News, and in West Palm Beach (the Post), which means job losses at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Austin American-Statesman. (Creative Loafing hears that about 30 positions in Atlanta will be affected, “either moved to other cities or eliminated.”) The Austin American-Statesman reports the affected company functions include marketing, ad production, call centers, billing and news production. || A Cox Media Group spokesman tells the Loganville Patch: “As some decisions are yet to be made, we cannot disclose the number of positions in specific locations that will be affected by these changes. This isn’t about numbers, but more about doing what’s right for our business in a challenging industry.”

Here is Cox Media Group’s statement:

Cox Media Group is committed to the long-term future of our business. Over the past year, we asked our four major newspapers to identify best practices and opportunities to consolidate business functions — without compromising the investigative and in-depth news our audiences demand. Today, we shared those recommendations with our employees.

Many of the changes will be invisible to our readers, yet they will help all four papers remain competitive forces in their communities for years to come. We expect the changes to be implemented over the next 18 months, and will update employees throughout the process.

Correction: This post originally misidentified Cox Media Group.

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  • Neha Patel
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  • Robert Knilands

    Ah, I should have checked your Twitter profile. You’re apparently one of those people who left the newsroom in order to instill the same approach in journalism graduates. Unfortunate, but also a sign that universities aren’t doing a good job of training people to enter a declining field.

  • Robert Knilands

    I guess every sense of the word doesn’t include writing headlines, editing text, or even knowing how to cut text. From what I hear, Gannett is struggling mightily with that reality with its faulty design hub idea, and I predict Cox will do the same if it goes that route.

    Keep embracing that alternate reality, though. Newspapers do, and they are still waiting for positive results.

  • Robert Quigley

    I’m not sure what your beef is against designers, or if one did you wrong at some point, but my experience is designers are “real journalists” in every sense of the word.

  • Robert Knilands

    As always, I’m for any move like this if it subtracts design jobs. Unfortunately, “copy editor” positions long ago were converted into visualwordstuff, so who knows what portion of the cow is Grade A meat, aka a real journalist who can edit, write, think, etc., and what portion is the canner and cutter scraped off the slaughterhouse floor, aka the designer whose sole contribution is to ruminate for most of the shift, produce a page filled with display type errors, and then blame “the desk” for not catching all of them in the last 10 min. of the shift.

    I’m waiting for the first chain to admit that if four papers can be designed effectively at two sites, then half the time that was being spent on that function before was being wasted. But I doubt anyone will rush forward to do that.

  • Anonymous

    yes. exactly. why don’t they know this?

  • Mary Urech Stallings

    And one publisher for the whole chain.  Make the pubisher work a little.

  • Anonymous

    I guess labor costs in China really have gone up, or they’d have hired copy editors there. Oh well, I am sure readers of the Austin American-Statesman can still look forward to much hilarity in the form of egregious errors unrecognized or inserted by Ohioans and Floridians unfamiliar with local names/places/people etc.

  • Anonymous

    if this consolidation is actually a good idea, which it is not, then wouldn’t it also make sense to have one executive editor over all the cox papers? if you’re going to consolidate, consolidate where the big money in newsrooms is and where the biggest savings would be. cox’s atlanta paper dumped all its arts critics two or three years ago and now, having removed that chunk of the paper’s personality, is  perfectly content to run the wires. if THAT was a good idea, why not do it with sports, too? there’s a whole lot of duplication in sports coverage among papers. maybe that will be next.