April 6, 2020

The Dallas Morning News is the latest newspaper to take significant cost-saving steps during the coronavirus crisis. The paper has announced pay reductions for staff. Here’s the breakdown.

For those making:

  • $45,000 and below: a 3% base salary reduction;
  • $45,001 and above: an 8% base salary reduction.

In addition, the CFO and publisher will each take a 10% base salary reduction and the CEO and board of directors will take a 17% base salary reduction.

The Morning News joins the long and ever-growing list of news outlets making moves to help offset the drastic drop in revenue, mostly due to the significant decrease in advertising because of the coronavirus. Many news outlets — including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Tampa Bay Times and the papers in the Gannett, Lee Enterprises and Alden Global Capital chains — are reducing salaries, implementing mandatory furloughs and/or cutting staff.

The Morning News is not laying off anyone and the pay cuts, for now, are expected to be temporary until the publication gets its footing again after coronavirus.

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