New Haven Register lays off more employees
The New Haven Independent is reporting that the New Haven Register has been hit with another round of layoffs, affecting copyeditors, sports staffers and others. This news comes on the heels of the Hartford Courant's recent buyout offer to employees.
"The layoffs at the New Haven Register is more sad evidence of the terrible bind formerly strong regional newspapers find themselves in, torn between the print past and the digital future," said Kevin Convey, a former editor-in-chief at the New York Daily News who is now chair and assistant professor of journalism at Quinnipiac. "They know they need to embrace digital, and yet they are haunted by the realization the largest share of their revenues comes from the print side. They face a declining ad base, and yet are saddled with legacy costs such as printing and pensions. The transformation they need to make is not unlike the terrifying task of trying to change the motor in an Indy 500 car without pulling into the pits. Thus, it is unlikely we have seen the last of attempts by papers, particularly smaller regional papers, to cut costs - jobs, really - in order to survive this turbulent time."
If you're interested in interviewing Convey, who will be available after 1 p.m. today, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).