What is becoming known as “he Midsummer Massacre” may not be over. A couple of news reports indicate that more job cuts are coming for select chain newspapers. Bloomberg reports that A.H. Belo Corp., the publisher of the Dallas Morning News and three other dailies, will trim 500 newspaper jobs. It’s unreported how many of those are newsroom jobs or other employees. The Morning News hasn’t had a cartoonist since they laid off Bill DeOre in 2004.
Yesterday, The Star-Ledger (NJ) announced that they may have to sell the paper if they can’t get 200 employees to take a buyout. The paper is also in negotiations with union employees for “unspecified concessions.” The Star-Ledger is home to editorial cartoonist Drew Shenaman. At this writing, an e-mail asking for information regarding his position’s status or if he’s been offered a buyout has not been returned.