Here are the newsroom layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirus

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June 19, 2020

This article was originally published on April 6, 2020, and has been frequently updated since. It was last updated on June 30. We’ve also cut dates and other details, which you can find in the related links.

It’s getting hard to keep track of the bad news about the news right now. But we have to. Here’s our attempt to collect the layoffs, furloughs, and closures caused by the coronavirus’ critical blow to the economy and journalism in the United States. Please send tips. We’ll try to keep up.

In most cases, these entries link to previously reported stories. In some cases, where there are no links, we’re using relying on tips to help show the full impact of this pandemic.

One more note: We haven’t figured out a way to track the loss of work for freelancers, but please read more about how the pandemic has hurt their livelihoods here.

Newspapers, weeklies and alt-weeklies

  • The Stranger in Seattle temporarily suspended print and laid off 18 staffers. “The Stranger has never had to do mass layoffs before, nor have we ever not put out our print edition, with the exception of the one week we skipped in 2017 when we reconceptualized the print edition as a biweekly.” (Also, read Joshua Benton’s collection of alt news in Nieman Lab. It’s extensive.)
  • The Portland (Oregon) Mercury announced it was temporarily cutting print and had temporarily laid off 10 staffers.
  • DigBoston suspended print publication. It resumed them in June.
  • Sacramento (California) News & Review, Chico (California) News & Review and Reno (Nevada) News & Review suspended print and laid off staff.
  • Salaries were cut at the Phoenix New Times, Denver’s Westword, Dallas Observer, Houston Press and Miami New Times.
  • The Tampa Bay Times, which Poynter owns, laid off 11 journalists, noting the cuts were expected since February. On March 30, the Times reported it was eliminating five days of print and furloughing some non-newsroom staff.
  • Monterey County Weekly in California announced it had laid off seven employees. Three other staffers had salaries reduced, the CEO eliminated his salary and the publisher took a pay cut.
  • Texas’ San Antonio Current laid off 10 employees.
  • Riverfront Times in St. Louis laid off seven.
  • Shepherd Express in Milwaukee suspended its print edition.
  • The Pulse in Chattanooga, Tennessee, suspended publication.
  • CityBeat in Cincinnati, Ohio, had furloughs and pay cuts.
  • MetroTimes in Detroit laid off eight staffers. 
  • Creative Loafing in Tampa laid off seven employees.
  • Cleveland Scene in Ohio laid off five staffers.
  • Orlando Weekly laid off 13 people. 
  • And Oklahoma Gazette in Oklahoma City paused print publication.
  • Isthmus, a weekly in Madison, Wisconsin, announced it had to “go dark for an undetermined amount of time.”
  • The Fauquier Times in Warrenton, Virginia announced layoffs, reduced hours and furloughs.
  • And the Mountain View Voice in Mountain View, California suspended print temporarily.
  • Austin Chronicle in Texas went to an every-other-week print schedule.
  • Mountain Xpress in Asheville, North Carolina, laid off seven and had pay cuts.
  • The Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus in Vermont laid off 20 employees and temporarily cut print down from five days to three.
  • The Durango (Colorado) Herald laid off five people from its news and advertising departments.
  • Trib Total Media in Pennsylvania combined two print editions and laid off staff.
  • Providence Business Journal suspended its print edition.
  • In Vermont, Seven Days laid off seven employees.
  • The Times-Picayune/nola.com/The Advocate in New Orleans announced a temporary furlough of 10% of its workforce.
  • Valley News, which covers the Upper Valley region in Vermont and New Hampshire, announced layoffs, a cut in hours and pay.
  • Three Vermont weeklies, the Milton Independent, Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun, had temporarily cut print.
  • The Warwick Beacon in Rhode Island cut one publication day to become a weekly and had eight layoffs, including the publisher.
  • Northampton, Massachusetts’ Daily Hampshire Gazette had layoffs, the suspension of Hampshire Life and the last print edition of the Valley Advocate until the end of April.
  • The 13-year-old Waterbury (Vermont) Record reported it printed its last edition.
  • RI Suburban Newspapers laid off employees, reduced the hours of others and cut publication days for the Narragansett Times.
  • Easy Reader News in Hermosa Beach, California laid off its entire staff, “returns to volunteer roots.”
  • Sound Publishing “which owns 43 titles across the state including the Everett Daily Herald and the Peninsula Daily News,” had layoffs and furloughs.
  • Hours were cut for “Tennessee-based Adams Publishing Group, which owns nine Washington papers, including dailies The Skagit Valley Herald and The Ellensburg Daily Record,” Khashimova Long reported.
  • Inlander in Spokane, Washington has layoffs.
  • Gannett had furloughs and other cost-cutting measures, including 25% pay reductions for executives. In June, Gannett announced that reporters and visual journalists at its local papers and USA Today would be exempt from furloughs.
  • The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, announced it’s cutting print on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
  • The Henrico Citizen in Henrico County, Virginia, announced it was stopping its twice-monthly print edition for April “and possibly beyond.”
  • The Daily Herald in Illinois cut pay.
  • And the Palo Alto Daily Post in California switched to a four-day-a-week printing schedule.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives.
  • The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin, announced furloughs and pay cuts.
  • East Oregonian reported its parent company laid off 47.
  • The San Francisco Examiner and SF Weekly announced cuts in hours and pay to staff.
  • Honolulu Civil Beat reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser furloughed and cut hours for some staff. The Star-Advertiser also cut its Saturday print edition
  • 22nd Century Media, which published community newspapers in the Chicago suburbs, went out of business.
  • Atlanta Magazine laid off six staffers.
  • Left Hand Valley Courier in Niwot, Colorado dropped print and is going online.
  • Pamplin Media Group, which owns the Portland Tribune and other community newspapers, had about 40 layoffs, 20 from newsrooms. It also cut employee hours by 60%.
  • Alden Global Capital’s MediaNews Group had layoffs and furloughs. Newsrooms include The Denver Post, the Boston Herald and several in California. San Jose Mercury News Guild tweeted “the entire sports staff of The Mercury News and East Bay Times are being furloughed.” There were also furloughs and layoffs at the 11 newspapers that make up Southern California News Group.
  • The Philadelphia Public Record announced it was going on hiatus on April 2. 
  • On April 4, the Appeal-Democrat in Marysville, California told readers it was moving to a five-day-a-week print schedule.  The Appeal-Democrat told Poynter it laid off three positions (one was open) and hours were reduced by 20%.
  • The Jessup (Georgia) Press-Sentinel had cuts in hours and pay.
  • The Dallas Morning News had pay cuts.
  • The Rural Messenger in Haven, Kansas, told Poynter five staffers have been furloughed and it’s temporarily dropped print.
  • The Paducah Sun in Kentucky told readers that it’s dropping its Saturday print edition “for the foreseeable future.”
  • The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington announced it’s dropping its Saturday print edition “for the first time in more than a century.”
  • Forum News Service reported layoffs and the end of Monday and Friday print in its “more than two-dozen newspapers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.”
  • Shaw Media told subscribers that it’s cutting some print. Shaw also had layoffs and furloughs, Poynter learned.
  • In Iowa, The Oskaloosa Herald and The Daily Iowegian stopped Thursday publication.
  • The Provo (Utah) Daily Herald stopped printing its Sunday edition.
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country.
  • Tribune Publishing announced permanent pay cuts of between 2% and 10% and executives will take pay cuts. Tribune newsrooms include the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot. It also had furloughs.
  • The Daily Clintonian in western Indiana stopped publishing and closed.
  • Landmark Community Newspapers, which owns publications in 12 states, had a cut in hours.
  • Aspen (Colorado) Daily News furloughed reporters.
  • Boulder Weekly furloughed some staff and cut freelancers.
  • The Anniston (Alabama) Star had one layoff, one early retirement and that one employee stepped down.
  • The Los Angeles Times had furloughs and pay cuts.
  • Advance Local newsrooms announced pay cuts and furloughs. Advance Local has newsrooms in nine markets.
  • LA Times that parent company California Times closed three community newspapers and laid off 14 staff members. “Final editions of the Glendale News-Press and the Burbank Leader are planned for Saturday. The La Cañada Valley Sun sets April 23, with its final issue.”
  • The Gloucester Daily Times announced it was cutting Tuesday and Saturday print.
  • On April 23, Eden Prairie News and Lakeshore Weekly News in Minnesota announced it will stop publishing.
  • On April 24, North Jefferson News in Gardendale, Alabama, announced it was merging with sister paper The Cullman Times.
  • Washington Times instituted 10% pay cuts and most freelance contracts were suspended, Poynter learned.
  • M Roberts Media, with six newspapers in Texas, cut Monday print editions and instituted temporary pay cuts for employees making $30,000 or more, Poynter learned.
  • The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania laid off three from the newsroom, Poynter learned, plus positions in pre-press, circulation and advertising. It also cut down to four days a week of print.
  • Jewish Week told Poynter that as a direct result of the coronavirus, it laid off two full-time employees and one part-time employee.
  • The (La Grande, Oregon) Observer reported layoffs from parent company EO Media Group.  “EO Media Group, the parent company of The Observer, Baker City Herald and 11 other newspapers across Oregon, announced on Wednesday it is laying off 47 employees.”
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees company-wide, Poynter has learned.
  • Sound Publishing in Washington state laid off 70 people in its Washington and Alaska newsrooms. Sound Publishing owns 49 newsrooms, and the layoffs make up 20% of its workforce. Sound also suspended four print publications in Kitsap County and reduced staff.
  • The Nashua (New Hampshire) Telegraph ended all but Sunday print.
  • The New Hampshire Union Leader furloughed 24 employees.
  • The New York Post had layoffs and furloughs.
  • The Edmond Sun in Oklahoma told readers “effective May 6, The Edmond Sun will merge with our sister newspaper, The Norman Transcript.
  • CNHI, which has newspapers in more than 20 states, had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs.
  • Weekly Alibi in Albuquerque, New Mexico had layoffs, Poynter learned.
  • The Elkhart Truth in Indiana had furloughs and a reduction in hours, Poynter learned.
  • Southern Community Newspapers Inc. had layoffs and pay cuts.
  • The Daily News in Galveston, Texas, cut down to five days of print.
  • The Facts in Clute, Texas, cut down to five days of print.
  • The Bolivar Commercial in Cleveland, Mississippi, closed at the end of April.
  • The Zionsville (Indiana) Times-Sentinel merged with The Lebanon Reporter and cut print from five days to three. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • The Pella (Iowa) Chronicle and The Oskaloosa (Iowa) Herald will merge. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • The Journal Express in Iowa will merge with The Oskaloosa Herald. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • The Janesville (Wisconsin) Gazette will stop printing on Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Hastings Star Gazette, a weekly in Minnesota owned by Forum Communications Company, closed.
  • The Bulletin of Woodbury and Cottage Grove, a weekly in Minnesota owned by Forum Communications Company, closed.
  • Lake County News Chronicle in Two Harbors Minnesota, will publish its last issue on May 22. It is owned by Forum Communications Company.
  • The Daily Iowegan will merge with the Ottumwa Courier. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • The Zionsville Times-Sentinel in Zionsville, Indiana merged with the Lebanon Reporter. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Morehead News in Morehead, Kentucky merged with the Daily Independent in Ashland. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Grayson Journal Times in Grayson, Kentucky merged with the Daily Independent in Ashland. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Greenup County News-Times in Greenup, Kentucky merged with the Daily Independent in Ashland. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Rushville Republican in Rushville, Indiana merged with the Greensburg Daily News in Greensburg. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Batesville Herald Tribune in Batesville, Indiana merged with the Greensburg Daily News in Greensburg. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Niagara (New York) Gazette cut down to five print days a week. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Forum (Fargo, North Dakota and Moorehead, Minnesota) will cut to two print days a week and use the mail to deliver the newspaper, eliminating carrier jobs and most of circulation. It is owned by Forum Communications.
  • NUVO, a 30-year-old alt-magazine in Indianapolis, closed. It later announced it would reopen as online-only.
  • The Duluth News Tribune will cut down to two print days a week. It will be sent via mail. Circulation and delivery jobs will be cut. It is owned by Forum Communications.
  • The Merkel (Texas) Mail closed. It started in 1890 and was locally owned.
  • Seven McClatchy newspapers will move out of their newsrooms and work remotely for the rest of the year. They are the Miami Herald, the Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer, the McClatchy D.C. office, The State in Columbia, South Carolina, The Modesto (California) Bee, the Merced (California) Sun-Star and the San Luis Obispo (California) Tribune.
  • The De Smet News in De Smet, South Dakota closed, and The Lake Preston Times in Lake Preston, South Dakota closed. But community volunteers took over and combined them to create the Kingsbury Journal.
  • The Glasgow Daily Times in Glasgow, Kentucky told readers it was going online only and closing its building. A newsroom staffer tweeted that staff had all been terminated. It is owned by CNHI.
  • Hendricks County Flyer in Indiana closed. It is owned by CNHI.
  • Mineral Wells Index in Mineral Wells, Texas closed. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Kokomo (Indiana) Tribune will cut down to five days of print a week. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Seattle Times will have a cut in hours and pay.
  • Gannett closed the Edinburg Review and the Valley Town Crier in McAllen, Texas.
  • Wayne County Outlook in Kentucky converted to digital only. However, nothing has been published on the site since May 28. An editor tells Poynter staff is in the process of converting to digital. It is owned by CNHI.
  • C-ville Weekly in Charlottesville, Virginia laid off one third of its staff.
  • The Honolulu Star-Advertiser announced it would cut 29 positions. After an agreement with the guild, it cut 12.
  • The New Sharon (Iowa) Sun will close on June 18. It is owned by Mid-America Publishing.
  • The Keota (Iowa) Eagle will close June 17. It is merging with The News-Review. Both are owned by Mid-America Publishing.
  • The Independent-Enterprise in Payette, Idaho will close on June 24. It is owned by Wick Communications.
  • The Argonaut, a weekly in California, laid off staff.
  • San Diego City Beat, an alt-weekly, has paused publication.
  • The Minneapolis Star Tribune has had four days of furloughs in both quarter two and quarter three for newsroom and non-newsroom employees, excluding production plant employees and fleet drivers, the Star Tribune told Poynter.
  • Bay Area News Group, which includes The Mercury News in San Jose and the East Bay Times in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, had layoffs. It is owned by Alden’s Media News Group.
  • The Chicago Reader will now print every two weeks instead of weekly.
  • M Roberts Media cut several positions in a restructuring, including the editor of the Longview (Texas) News-Journal and the editor of the Victoria (Texas) Advocate.
  • The New York Times cut 68 jobs, mostly in advertising.

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Kristen Hare covers the transformation of local news for Poynter.org and writes a weekly newsletter on the transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can subscribe here. Kristen can be reached at khare@poynter.org or on Twitter at @kristenhare.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported the weekly papers in Vermont, the Milton Independent, Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun, had layoffs. That is incorrect, they just temporarily cut print. We apologize for the error, it has been corrected.

Update: We’ve removed one item from this list –The Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer announced it would cut 22 newsroom employees because it was announced before the coronavirus hit. According to the AP, “The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland has been reduced as an organization to little more than the name atop its front page after owners laid off 10 of its remaining 14 union journalists.”