Hot on the heels of news that it would create a new media company to provide content, advertising and marketing for its New Jersey-area outlets, Advance Publications announced mass layoffs today at The Star-Ledger.
According to a report posted on NJ.com, Star-Ledger ownership announced they “were eliminating the jobs of approximately 167 people, including 25 percent of the newsroom.” Emails to NJ News Commons today indicate that cuts have also been made at NJ.com.
NJ News Commons will be recording a podcast on the changes at The Star-Ledger and other Advance holdings in New Jersey on Tuesday, April 8. Joining us on the podcast will be Dean Starkman of the Columbia Journalism Review and John Mooney, former Star-Ledger reporter and current co-founder and editor at NJ Spotlight.
Condolences are rolling in via Twitter.
My heart is with all the journalists past and present at the Star-Ledger. Such a great and ambitious paper, once. http://t.co/vFElwMjLtm
— tommy tomlinson (@tommytomlinson) April 3, 2014
Why I should continue subscribing to @starledger when it's gutting its staff? You can't do more with less.
— Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) April 3, 2014