February 16, 2021

A version of this article was first published on April 6, 2020. It has been frequently updated and reformatted since. It was last updated on Feb. 17.

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 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.

Latest updates:

  • The (Sarasota, Florida) Herald Tribune is closing its printing plant, resulting in the loss of 95 jobs, 42 full-time and 53 part-time. The Tribune and two other Gannett newspapers will be printing at another Florida Gannett location.
  • The Arizona Jewish Post will close in March. It was 75-years-old and owned by The Jewish Community Federation of Southern Arizona. The Post’s only remaining staffer was laid off.

Alabama

Alaska

  • Sound Publishing, based 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.

Arizona

  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns three newspapers in Arizona. 
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns two newspapers in Arizona.
  • Community Impact Newspaper, which owns two publications in Arizona, laid off 21 people, Poynter has learned.

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

  • The Hartford Courant will close its printing plant and outsource the work to Springfield. That move will cost 151 jobs. The Courant later announced that it’s closing its office. Employees will work remotely. It is owned by Tribune Publishing.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns one newspaper in Connecticut. 
  • Tribune Publishing announced permanent pay cuts of between 2% and 10% and executives will take pay cuts. It also had furloughs. Tribune owns one newsroom in Connecticut. 

Delaware

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns one newsroom in Delaware.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns seven newspapers in Delaware. 

Florida

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns 13 newsrooms in Florida.
  • The Tampa Bay Times, which Poynter owns, is eliminating 150 jobs as it closes its printing plant. The work will be outsources to the Lakeland Ledger, a Gannett newspaper. The Times announced that Times employees will take temporary pay cuts of 10% for up to six months.
  • The Suwannee Democrat in Live Oak, The Jasper News in Jasper, and The Mayo Free Press in Mayo, all merged with the Valdosta Daily Times in Valdosta, Georgia. They’re owned by CNHI.
  • JVC Broadcasting furloughed some employees. JVC has stations in New York and Florida.
  • 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.
  • Creative Loafing in Tampa laid off seven employees.
  • Orlando Weekly laid off 13 people. 
  • Miami Herald is closing HCP Media, a custom publishing subsidiary focused on travel and tourism. It cut 19 jobs. The Herald also cut 12 jobs in advertising. It is owned by McClatchy.
  • Seven McClatchy newspapers will move out of their newsrooms and work remotely for the rest of the year. They include the Miami Herald.
  • Tribune Publishing is closing several newsroom buildings, including the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 34 newspapers in Florida. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It has 12 newspapers in Florida.
  • Landmark Community Newspapers had a cut in hours. It has 12 newspapers in Florida.
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns two newspapers in Florida.
  • Tribune Publishing announced permanent pay cuts of between 2% and 10% and executives will take pay cuts. It also had furloughs. Tribune owns two newsrooms in Florida. 

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns 22 newsrooms in Idaho.
  • The Independent-Enterprise in Payette closed on June 24. It is owned by Wick Communications.
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns one newspaper in Idaho.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns one newspaper in Idaho. 
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns two newspapers in Idaho.

Illinois

  • Three people were laid off at NBC Sports Chicago.
  • The Chicago Tribune will move out of downtown Chicago building and into the newspaper’s printing plant. It is owned by Tribune Publishing.
  • The Daily Herald cut pay.
  • 22nd Century Media, which published community newspapers in the Chicago suburbs, went out of business.
  • The Chicago Reader will now print every two weeks instead of weekly.
  • WLS, an ABC-owned station in Chicago, cut four full-time positions and one part-time position.
  • Chicago Public Media, the parent company of WBEZ in Chicago, laid off 12 people.
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns one newspaper in Illinois.
  • Landmark Community Newspapers had a cut in hours. It owns one newspaper in Illinois.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 23 newspapers in Illinois. 
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns five newspapers in Illinois.
  • Tribune Publishing announced permanent pay cuts of between 2% and 10% and executives will take pay cuts. It also had furloughs. Tribune owns one newsroom in Illinois. 
  • Shaw Media cut some print. Shaw also had layoffs and furloughs, Poynter learned. Shaw owns more than 100 publications in Illinois and Iowa.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It has three newsrooms in Illinois.
  • The (Bloomington) Pantagraph laid off two people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The (Decatur) Herald & Review laid off one person, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.

Indiana

  • The Dubois County (Indiana) Herald was sold by the Rumbach family to Paxton Media Group in July.
  • The Chesterton (Indiana) Tribune stopped printing on Dec. 30, 2020. A note to said the 136-year-old paper would continue online. It has not updated since Dec. 31. It is independently owned.
  • The Mount Vernon (Indiana) Democrat closed. It was 153 years old and owned by Landmark Community Newspapers.
  • The Daily Clintonian in western Indiana stopped publishing and closed in April, but was purchased and reopened by Heartland Media Group and operates as a Facebook page.
  • The Zionsville Times-Sentinel merged with The Lebanon Reporter and cut print from five days to three. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • The Rushville Republican in Rushville merged with the Greensburg Daily News in Greensburg. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Batesville Herald Tribune in Batesville merged with the Greensburg Daily News in Greensburg. It is owned by CNHI.
  • NUVO, a 30-year-old alt-magazine in Indianapolis, closed. It later announced it would reopen as online-only.
  • The Kokomo Tribune will cut down to five days of print a week. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Elkhart Truth laid off a reporter, an editor and an advertising employee. It also had furloughs, a reduction in hours and cut one day of print, Poynter learned. It is owned by Paxton Media Group.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 15 newspapers in Indiana. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns one newspaper in Indiana.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns one newspaper in Indiana.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns nine newsrooms in Indiana.

Iowa

  • The Progress Review, a family owned newspaper in La Porte City, Iowa, closed in November. It was 127 years old.
  • In Iowa, The Oskaloosa Herald and The Daily Iowegian stopped Thursday publication.
  • The Pella Chronicle and The Oskaloosa Herald will merge. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • The Journal Express will merge with The Oskaloosa Herald. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • The New Sharon Sun will close on June 18. It is owned by Mid-America Publishing.
  • The Keota Eagle will close June 17. It is merging with The News-Review. Both are owned by Mid-America Publishing.
  • The Tama News-Herald and Toledo Chronicle merged, creating The Tama-Toledo News Chronicle. Two people were laid off and two open positions were eliminated. It is owned by Ogden Newspapers.
  • The Gladbrook Northern-Sun Print and the Reinbeck Courier merged, creating the Sun Courier. It is owned by Ogden Newspapers.
  • The Traer Star-Clipper and the Dysart Reporter merged, creating the North Tama Telegraph. It is owned by Ogden Newspapers.
  • The Daily Iowegian will merge with the Ottumwa Courier. Both are owned by CNHI.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 11 newspapers in Iowa. 
  • Landmark Community Newspapers had a cut in hours. It owns four newspapers in Iowa.
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns 14 newspapers in Iowa.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns three newsrooms in Iowa.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns 10 newspapers in Iowa.
  • Shaw Media cut some print. Shaw also had layoffs and furloughs, Poynter learned. Shaw owns more than 100 publications in Illinois and Iowa.
  • The Quad-City Times laid off at least one person, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.

Kansas

  • The Rural Messenger in Haven told Poynter five staffers have been furloughed and it temporarily dropped print.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 20 newspapers in Kansas. 
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns one newspaper in Kansas.
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns four newspapers in Kansas.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns one newsroom in Kansas.

Kentucky

  • The (Louisville, Kentucky) Courier Journal is closing its printing plant and 102 people will lose their jobs. The Courier Journal will be published in Indianapolis and Knoxville, which are also Gannett newsrooms.
  • The Paducah Sun told readers that it’s dropping its Saturday print edition “for the foreseeable future.”
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns one newspaper in Kentucky.
  • The Morehead News in Morehead merged with the Daily Independent in Ashland. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Grayson Journal Times in Grayson merged with the Daily Independent in Ashland. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Greenup County News-Times in Greenup merged with the Daily Independent in Ashland. It is owned by CNHI.
  • 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 hasn’t posted any news since September. It is owned by CNHI.
  • Wayne County Outlook converted to digital only. It is owned by CNHI.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns three newspapers in Kentucky. 
  • Landmark Community Newspapers had a cut in hours. It owns 23 newspapers in Kentucky.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns seven newsrooms in Kentucky.

Louisiana

  • The Times-Picayune/nola.com/The Advocate in New Orleans announced a temporary furlough of 10% of its workforce.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 12 newspapers in Louisiana. 

Maine

Maryland

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns 18 newsrooms in Maryland.
  • Tribune Publishing is closing several newsroom buildings, including the (Annapolis Capital Gazette and the (Westminster) Carroll County Times.
  • Pittsburgh Magazine laid off most of its staff. It is owned by Wiesner Media.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns three newspapers in Maryland. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns one newspaper in Maryland.
  • Tribune Publishing announced permanent pay cuts of between 2% and 10% and executives will take pay cuts. It also had furloughs. Tribune owns one newsroom in Maryland. 
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns one newsroom in Maryland.

Massachusetts

  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts cut the position and job of its editor-in-chief and laid off at least seven other people in December. It is owned by Newspapers of New England.
  • Northampton, Massachusetts’ Daily Hampshire Gazette had layoffs, suspended Hampshire Life and published the last print edition of the Valley Advocate until the end of April. It is owned by Newspapers of New England.
  • DigBoston suspended print publication. It resumed them in June. It is owned by Dig Publishing LLC.
  • The Gloucester Daily Times announced it was cutting Tuesday and Saturday print. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The Boston Herald, which is owned by MediaNews Group, had a second round of layoffs. About half a dozen were cut in the first round.
  • WBUR in Boston laid off 29 people. It is owned by Boston University.
  • The Jewish Advocate in Boston has suspended publication.
  • Metro Corp. laid off eight employees and furloughed another 13 at Philadelphia Magazine and Boston Magazine combined.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 93 newspapers in Massachusetts. 
  • Advance Local newsrooms announced pay cuts and furloughs. Advance Local owns two newsrooms in Massachusetts.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns six newsrooms in Massachusetts.

Michigan

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns one newsroom in Michigan.
  • MetroTimes in Detroit laid off eight staffers. It is owned by Euclid Media Group.
  • MLive Media Group closed its Grand Rapids printing facility, resulting in the loss of 71 jobs. It is owned by Advance Publications.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 21 newspapers in Michigan. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns 10 newspapers in Michigan.
  • Advance Local newsrooms announced pay cuts and furloughs. Advance Local owns six newsrooms in Michigan.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns one newsroom in Michigan.

Minnesota

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns 76 publications in Minnesota.
  • In May, CNHI closed Home Magazine in Mankato, Minnesota. It was 50 years old. Six people lost their jobs.
  • 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.”
  • The Hastings Star Gazette, a weekly owned by Forum Communications Company, closed.
  • The Bulletin of Woodbury and Cottage Grove, a weekly owned by Forum Communications Company, closed.
  • Lake County News Chronicle in Two Harbors will publish its last issue on May 22. It is owned by Forum Communications Company.
  • 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.
  • American Public Media announced buyouts and furloughs, including at MPR News in Minnesota. Fourteen people took voluntary buyouts and the same number took voluntary furloughs. Later, Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media laid off 28 people.
  • Eden Prairie News and Lakeshore Weekly News in Minnesota announced it will stop publishing.They are owned by Southwest News Media. In the fall, Eden Prarie Local News, a nonprofit, launched. 
  • 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. 
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns nine newspapers in Minnesota. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns six newspapers in Minnesota.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns one newspaper in Minnesota.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns three newsrooms in Minnesota.
  • City Pages, the Twin Cities free alt-weekly, has closed. 30 people will lose their jobs.
  • Southwest Journal, a neighborhood newspaper in Minneapolis, will stop publishing at the end of the year. It is owned by Minnesota Premier Publications. It laid off its reporting team at the end of October. The company will also close Minnesota Parent and Minnesota Good Age magazines.
  • Aitkin Independent Age in Aitkin has lost two full time and one part time reporting positions, down from three total, and one position in the front office. Remaining staff work no more than 30 hours a week, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Adams Publishing Group.

Mississippi

  • The Bolivar Commercial in Cleveland closed at the end of April. It is owned by Walls Newspapers.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns two newspapers in Mississippi. 
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns one newspaper in Mississippi.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns one newsroom in Mississippi.

Missouri

  • Riverfront Times in St. Louis laid off seven.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 19 newspapers in Missouri. 
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns two newspapers in Missouri.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns one newsroom in Missouri.
  • St. Louis Public Radio had layoffs and pay cuts, Poynter has learned. The layoffs include three full-time positions and two part-time positions.
  • The St. Louis Post Dispatch eliminated a digital sports editor position, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns one newspaper in Missouri.
  • Ladue News, a lifestyle magazine in St. Louis, laid off at least one person, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Kansas City Star is leaving its downtown offices and printing plant, resulting in 124 job cuts. The Star, which is owned by McClatchy, will be printed by the Des Moines Register, which is owned by Gannett.

Montana

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns 10 publications in Montana.
  • The Billings (Montana) Gazette lost four people in news to buyouts. Earlier in the year, three other positions were eliminated. The Gazette is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Great Falls Tribune shut down its printing press, ending 21 jobs. It will print in Helena. It is owned by Gannett. Gannett also had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. The Tribune is the only newspaper Gannett owns in Montana. 
  • The (Missoula) Missoulian laid off two people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns five newspapers in Montana.

Nebraska

  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns two newspapers in Nebraska. 
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns 12 newspapers in Nebraska.
  • Landmark Community Newspapers had a cut in hours. It owns one newspaper in Nebraska.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns one newsroom in Nebraska.
  • The Scottsbluff Star-Herald laid off two people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Omaha World Herald laid off one person. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Grand Island Independent laid off one person, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.

Nevada

New Hampshire

  • Valley News, which covers the Upper Valley region in Vermont and New Hampshire, announced layoffs, a cut in hours and pay. It is owned by Newspapers of New England.
  • The Nashua Telegraph ended all but Sunday print. It is owned by Ogden Newspapers.
  • The New Hampshire Union Leader furloughed 24 employees.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns five newspapers in New Hampshire. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns one newspaper in New Hampshire.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns two newsrooms in New Hampshire.

New Jersey

  • The Staten Island Advance is selling its building, moving to a new one and its press operations will be consolidated with other papers in New Jersey. It is owned by Advance Publications.  
  • North Jersey Jewish News closed. It was 74 years old.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 13 newspapers in New Jersey. 
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns two newspapers in New Jersey.
  • Advance Local newsrooms announced pay cuts and furloughs. Advance Local owns 11 newsrooms in New Jersey.

New Mexico

  • Weekly Alibi in Albuquerque had layoffs, Poynter learned.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns seven newspapers in New Mexico. 
  • Landmark Community Newspapers had a cut in hours. It owns two newspapers in New Mexico.

New York

  • In April of 2020, The (Saratoga Springs, New York) Saratogian cut one position, Poynter has learned, and its owner, MediaNews Group, closed the Saratoga office space. The Saratogian is still publishing both online and in print.
  • Schneps Media, which owns about 50 community newspapers, furloughed or laid off more than 30 people.
  • The New York Post had furloughs and laid off 20 staffers at the end of April. Three months later, in July, the Post cut 5% of its staff. It is owned by News Corp.
  • The Niagara Gazette cut down to five print days a week. It is owned by CNHI.
  • The New York Times cut 68 jobs, mostly in advertising.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 29 newspapers in New York. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns seven newspapers in New York.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns three newspapers in New York.
  • Advance Local newsrooms announced pay cuts and furloughs. Advance Local has two newsrooms in New York.
  • Tribune Publishing announced permanent pay cuts of between 2% and 10% and executives will take pay cuts. It also had furloughs. Tribune owns one newsroom in New York. Tribune is also closing several newsroom buildings, including the New York Daily News.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns five newsrooms in New York.
  • News Corps will start printing The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and Barron’s at The New York Times’ plant in Queens. The move could cost as many as 400 people at the current plan their jobs.
  • Jewish Week told Poynter that as a direct result of the coronavirus, it laid off two full-time employees and one part-time employee.
  • Buffalo-Toronto Public Media laid off three people and ended contracts with two.
  • The Glens Falls Post-Star laid off two people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Kingston Daily Freeman laid off four. It is owned by MediaNews Group.

North Carolina

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns 22 newsrooms in North Carolina.
  • The (Raleigh, North Carolina) News & Observer and the (Durham, North Carolina) Herald-Sun will close its printing press. The closure will mean the end of 48 full-time jobs and 33 part-time jobs. Both papers are owned by McClatchy. The work will be outsourced to The Fayetteville (North Carolina) Observer, which is owned by Gannett.
  • The (Asheboro, North Carolina) Courier-Tribune is selling its building and property and will relocate. It is owned by Gannett.
  • The Washington Daily News in Washington cut down to printing twice a week. It is owned by Boone Newspapers.
  • The (Greensboro) News & Record laid off at least five people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Winston-Salem Journal laid off at least three people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • Mountain Xpress in Asheville laid off seven and had pay cuts.
  • Seven McClatchy newspapers will move out of their newsrooms and work remotely for the rest of the year. They include The Charlotte Observer.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 17 newspapers in North Carolina. 
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns eight newspapers in North Carolina.
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns three newspapers in North Carolina.

North Dakota

  • The (Fargo-Moorhead, North Dakota) Forum, The Jamestown (North Dakota) Sun, the Grand Forks (North Dakota ) Herald and (Fargo, North Dakota) Agweek will close their printing plant in Fargo, resulting in the loss of 21 full-time and 14-part-time employees. All four publications will be printed in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and are owned by Forum Communications.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • KFGO in Fargo has cut two positions, one a vacancy and one a layoff, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Midwest Communications, Inc.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns one newspaper in North Dakota. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns two newspapers in North Dakota.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns one newspaper in North Dakota.

Ohio

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns eight newsrooms in Ohio.
  • Among those taking the most recent Gannett buyouts were 11 people from The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Poynter has learned.
  • CityBeat in Cincinnati had furloughs and pay cuts.
  • Cleveland Scene laid off five staffers.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 56 newspapers in Ohio. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns 13 newspapers in Ohio.
  • Advance Local newsrooms announced pay cuts and furloughs. Advance Local owns two newsrooms in Ohio.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns one newsroom in Ohio.
  • Mount Vernon News, which was locally owned, was sold to Metric Media LLC, cut down to two print days a week and took down its paywall online. The new owner has been criticized for “political messaging’ and that they are ‘partisan outlets masquerading as local news organizations.’”
  • Three copy editors took buyouts at the Columbus Dispatch, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Gannett.
  • The Chillicothe Gazette will move out of its building in September. It is owned by Gannett.

Oklahoma

  • The Edmond Sun told readers “effective May 6, The Edmond Sun will merge with our sister newspaper, The Norman Transcript.” They are owned by CNHI.
  • Oklahoma Gazette in Oklahoma City paused print publication.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns one newspaper in Oklahoma.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 10 newspapers in Oklahoma. 
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns 14 newsrooms in Oklahoma.
  • The Tulsa World laid off 10 people. It previously laid off seven from its design desk. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.

Oregon

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns seven publications in Oregon.
  • In November of 2020, publication of the Dead Mountain Echo in Oakridge, Oregon was suspended “due to the illness of the former publisher.”
  • In April of 2020, The (Ontario, Oregon) Argus Observer suspended its Thursday print publication. It continues printing four days a week.
  • The (Eugene, Oregon) Register-Guard is closing its printing plant in March, resulting in the loss of 49 people’s jobs. It will be published by Vancouver, Washington-based Columbian Publishing Company. The Register-Guard is owned by Gannett.
  • The Portland Mercury announced it was temporarily cutting print and had temporarily laid off 10 staffers.
  • The (La Grande) 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.”
  • East Oregonian reported its parent company, EO Media, laid off 47.
  • 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%.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns three newspapers in Oregon.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns three newspapers in Oregon. 
  • Advance Local newsrooms announced pay cuts and furloughs. Advance Local owns one newsroom in Oregon.
  • The Philomath Express closed and laid off one person. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • Digital Trends in Portland laid off 17 people.
  • Bandon Western World, a weekly in Bandon, closed in July. It is owned by Country Media.

Pennsylvania

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer’s printing plant has been sold, 500 people will lose their jobs. The Inquirer is owned by Lenfest Institute.
  • Trib Total Media combined two print editions and laid off staff.
  • The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre 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.
  • The Press & Journal in Dauphin County, published its final edition on July 3. It was 166 years old.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns one newspaper in Pennsylvania.
  • Advance Local newsrooms announced pay cuts and furloughs. Advance Local owns two newsrooms in Pennsylvania.
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns 12 newspapers in Pennsylvania.
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns one newspaper in Pennsylvania.
  • Advance Local newsrooms announced pay cuts and furloughs. Advance Local owns one newsroom in Pennsylvania.
  • Metro Corp. laid off eight employees and furloughed another 13 at Philadelphia Magazine and Boston Magazine combined.
  • Mid-Atlantic Media, which contracts with Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia, laid off one person from that newsroom and reassigned another to a different newsroom, Poynter learned.
  • The Philadelphia Public Record announced it was going on hiatus on April 2. 
  • The (Carlisle) Sentinel laid off one person and eliminated two open positions, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer is closing its printing plant, which will result in the loss of 500 jobs. The Inquirer will contract production with a Gannett newspaper in New Jersey.
  • Tribune Publishing is closing several newsroom buildings, including The (Allentown) Morning Call.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 17 newspapers in Pennsylvania. 
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns seven newsrooms in Pennsylvania.
  • Tribune Publishing announced permanent pay cuts of between 2% and 10% and executives will take pay cuts. It also had furloughs. Tribune owns one newsroom in Pennsylvania. 
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer will lay off five people. It is owned by the Lenfest Institute.

Puerto Rico

  • GFR Media laid off 85 people in a reorganization.

Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • The Post and Courier in Charleston laid off four people, Poynter learned.
  • The (Bamberg) Advertizer-Herald is closing. It’s owned by Trib Publications. At least seven people were laid off.
  • The Holly Hill Observer is closing. It’s owned by Trib Publications.
  • The Santee Striper is closing. It’s owned by Trib Publications. A total of two people were laid off from the Striper and Observer.
  • The Union Times closed. It is owned by Champion Media.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns two newspapers in South Carolina.
  • Seven McClatchy newspapers will move out of their newsrooms and work remotely for the rest of the year. They include The State in Columbia.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns eight newspapers in South Carolina. 
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns five newspapers in South Carolina.
  • Landmark Community Newspapers had a cut in hours. It owns four newspapers in South Carolina.
  • The Observer, a 39-year-old weekly in Ware Shoals, has closed. It was independently owned.

South Dakota

  • 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.”
  • The De Smet News in De Smet closed, and The Lake Preston Times in Lake Preston closed. But community volunteers took over and combined them to create the Kingsbury Journal.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns one newspaper in South Dakota.
  • The Sioux City Journal laid off two people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns four newspapers in South Dakota. 

Tennessee

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns 10 publications in Tennessee.
  • The Jackson (Tennessee) Sun and the Memphis (Tennessee) Commercial Appeal will close its printing plant at the end of January, resulting in the loss of 23 people’s jobs. It will be printed by the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. All three are owned by Gannett.
  • The Pulse in Chattanooga suspended publication.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns nine newspapers in Tennessee. 
  • Landmark Community Newspapers had a cut in hours. It owns three newspapers in Tennessee.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns one newsroom in Tennessee.
  • Community Impact Newspaper, which has newsrooms in Tennessee, laid off 21 people, Poynter has learned. It closed its southwest Nashville edition.

Texas

  • In April of 2020, the publisher of three weekly newspapers in Texas died in a car accident. Following her death, Castroville News Bulletin, Medina Valley Times, and the Lytle Leader-News all closed.
  • The San Antonio Current laid off 10 employees.
  • 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 Daily News in Galveston cut down to five days of print.
  • The Facts in Clute cut down to five days of print.
  • The Merkel Mail closed. It started in 1890 and was locally owned.
  • Mineral Wells Index in Mineral Wells closed. It is owned by CNHI.
  • Gannett closed the Edinburg Review and the Valley Town Crier in McAllen.
  • M Roberts Media cut several positions in a restructuring, including the editor of the Longview News-Journal and the editor of the Victoria Advocate.
  • Community Impact Newspaper, which has 21 publications in Texas, laid off 21 people, Poynter has learned. It closed Las Colinas-Valley Ranch-Coppell edition in the Dallas metro area.
  • Austin Chronicle went to an every-other-week print schedule.
  • The Dallas Morning News had pay cuts. Pay was then restored for people making $60,000 or less, which makes up more than half the company, Poynter has learned.
  • Houston Public Media eliminated eight positions and, at least for now, cut 15 part-time staffers.
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns one newspaper in Texas.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns three newspapers in Texas.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns 12 newsrooms in Texas.
  • D Magazine in Dallas reported layoffs and salary cuts.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns 25 newspapers in Texas. 
  • The Houston Chronicle is offering buyouts. It is owned by Hearst.
  • Sixty two employees at the San Antonio Express-News took voluntary buyouts, “including 11 newsroom staffers and 36 print production workers.”

Utah

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns two newsrooms in Utah.
  • The Provo Daily Herald stopped printing its Sunday edition.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns one newspaper in Utah. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns three newspapers in Utah.
  • The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News will both switch from seven days of print to one. The two Utah papers end their joint operating agreement, resulting in the closure of the print facility that serves both and the end of 161 jobs and another 18 layoffs, including six journalists, from the Deseret News.
  • In July, The (Park City) Park Record laid off at least two people, Poynter has learned. It is owned by Swift Communications.

Vermont

Virginia

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns two newsrooms in Virginia.
  • The Roanoke (Virginia) Times has put its office building up for sale.
  • The Fauquier Times in Warrenton announced layoffs, reduced hours and furloughs.
  • The Henrico Citizen in Henrico County announced it was stopping its twice-monthly print edition for April “and possibly beyond.”
  • C-ville Weekly in Charlottesville laid off one third of its staff.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns 13 newspapers in Virginia.
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns six newspapers in Virginia. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns six newspapers in Virginia.
  • Tribune Publishing announced permanent pay cuts of between 2% and 10% and executives will take pay cuts. It also had furloughs. Tribune owns two newsrooms in Virginia. 
  • Landmark Community Newspapers had a cut in hours. It owns three newspapers in Virginia.
  • The Daily Progress in Charlottesville is laying off its four-person copy desk. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Roanoke Times will lay off 10 people from its copy desk. The Times is owned by Lee Enterprises, which is consolidating design work.
  • The (Lynchburg) News & Advance laid off five people. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The (Fredericksburg) Free Lance-Star laid off one person. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The Richmond Times-Dispatch laid off at least five people. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.
  • The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress laid off two people. It will lay off its four-person copy desk in October. It later laid off two editors. It is owned by Lee Enterprises. 
  • The (Newport News) Daily Press will permanently close its office. It is owned by Tribune Publishing.

Washington

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide, Poynter has learned. It owns nine publications in Washington.
  • 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.)
  • Inlander in Spokane has layoffs.
  • Washington Times instituted 10% pay cuts and most freelance contracts were suspended, Poynter 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.
  • 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.
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It owns four newspapers in Washington.
  • Sound Publishing “which owns 43 titles across the state including the Everett Daily Herald and the Peninsula Daily News,” had layoffs and furloughs.
  • The Seattle Times will have a cut in hours and pay.
  • The Spokesman-Review in Spokane announced it’s dropping its Saturday print edition “for the first time in more than a century.”
  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns one newspaper in Washington. 
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns one newspaper in Washington,

West Virginia

  • Gannett had furloughs and cost reductions. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. It owns three newspapers in West Virginia. 
  • Ogden Newspapers furloughed employees companywide, Poynter has learned. It owns 12 newspapers in West Virginia.
  • CNHI had layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, Poynter has learned. It owns six newsrooms in West Virginia.

Wisconsin

  • In March, Isthmus, a weekly in Madison, Wisconsin, announced it had to “go dark for an undetermined amount of time.” In November, it announced it applied for nonprofit status. 
  • Shepherd Express in Milwaukee suspended its print edition.
  • Isthmus, a weekly in Madison announced it had to “go dark for an undetermined amount of time.”
  • The Janesville Gazette will stop printing on Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Washburn County Register in Shell Lake will close at the end of September. It’s owned by the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association.
  • 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.”
  • The Capital Times in Madison announced furloughs and pay cuts.
  • Capital Newspapers in Madison laid off at least one person, Poynter has learned. It is co-owned by Lee Enterprises and The Capital Times Company.
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns six newspapers in Wisconsin.

Wyoming

  • Adams Publishing Group cut pay and hours for employees company-wide. It owns seven publications in Wyoming. In August, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s newsroom union filed charges against APG for “violating its labor agreement by reducing the union workers’ hours without bargaining.”
  • Lee Enterprises had furloughs and cost-cutting measures, including a 20% pay cut for executives. It owns one newspaper in Wyoming.
  • The Casper Star Tribune laid off 1 person. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.

National, Washington D.C. and multi-state

  • Newsday is laying off an unspecified number of employees at the end of January from “advertising, information technology, marketing, operations planning and security.” Newsday is owned by Newsday Media.
  • CNN will close CNN Airport Network.
  • Univision stations in New York, Miami and Houston went through an unreported number of layoffs.
  • Condé Nast laid off “a few” members of its PR team.
  • Salaries were cut at the Phoenix New Times, Denver’s Westword, Dallas Observer, Houston Press and Miami New Times.
  • 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. It later had buyouts, with about 500 people losing their jobs. Unrelated to the pandemic, it also announced it would outsource 485 business-side jobs to India.
  • McClatchy furloughed 4.4% of staff at its 30 papers around the country. It has one newspaper in Washington D.C. McClatchy later laid off 84 staffers who had previously been furloughed. In December, McClatchy eliminated its central video team, resulting in six layoffs, three reassignments with termination dates in the next several months, and four reassignments to new full time roles, Poynter has learned.
  • TEGNA announced furloughs and pay cuts companywide. According to Poynter’s Al Tompkins, TEGNA was “the first of the big TV owners to announce such cuts.” It also announced a reorganization of its national and local sales teams, resulting in some pay cuts and layoffs, Poynter has learned. TEGNA declined to provide a number on the layoffs.

Corrections: A previous version of this story included 90 layoffs globally from Bloomberg News, but according to a memo from Bloomberg, those layoffs are due to an editorial restructuring to make the newsroom “more nimble,” and did not cite economic pressures caused by the pandemic.  A previous version of this story said Ogden owns two newspapers in Indiana. That is incorrect. It owns one. The Hendricks County Flyer was included erroneously on this list. It closed before the pandemic, in May of 2019. 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. Also, one mention of the Daily Progress in Charlottesville bungled the name. We apologize for the errors, they have 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 Associated Press, “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.”

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