RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Another round of cuts in the struggling newspaper business. Media General, which is based in Richmond is consolidating copy editing and design operations for the Times Dispatch, the Tampa Tribune and the Winston Salem-Journal. With advertising revenues continuing to decline, the company is expecting to save a million dollars a year through the consolidation.
Two new desks will be formed in Tampa and in Richmond with Richmond overseeing the operation. Media General officials say the local editors will continue to make the news decisions at the Times Dispatch and the other papers.
In a statement, Vice President of Content for Media General, Donna Reed said, "Our consolidated editing and design operations allow our newsrooms to focus on strong local news reporting. Stories will be edited once rather than multiple times, and we can take advantage of economies of scale and centralization of top talent."
About 90 people work in these divisions for the three newspapers. Company officials say they will have to reduce staff, but it's not clear how many jobs will be cut. Daily readers of the Times Dispatch won't notice any significant changes. And the price of the newspaper is not expected to rise.