ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (WR) — The Albuquerque Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican newspapers are partnering to print each publications on the The New Mexican’s manufacturing facility in Santa Fe in a cost-cutting transfer.
The state’s two largest newspapers made the announcement Tuesday, saying discussions about consolidation have been ongoing for years as extra media firms mix printing operations to cut back prices.
Officers with the family-owned newspapers mentioned in a press release that the change is not going to have an effect on the scale or content material of both newspaper and that subscribers and advertisers shouldn’t be impacted.
The 2 newsrooms will stay separate and preserve impartial operations, however the change will lead to as many as 70 layoffs on the Journal‘s printing facility in Albuquerque.
William P. Lang, president of the Journal, mentioned the monetary financial savings from the association will strengthen the newspapers’ skill to proceed to report and print information necessary to New Mexico.
“We have now been on this plant for 38 years and it has served us effectively, however as an growing older plant it has turn into an increasing number of costly to function,” he mentioned.
Robin Martin, president of The New Mexican, mentioned her father — Robert McKinney — counted Lang’s father — C.T. Lang — amongst his buddies.
“That was uncommon within the days when most newspapers have been family-owned and neighboring publications have been typically fierce rivals,” she mentioned. “I’m certain our two fathers could be blissful that their kids are working collectively to maintain their publications household owned and devoted to their communities.”
The change will take impact Oct. 12. The Journal‘s sister newspapers — the Rio Rancho Observer, El Defensor Chieftain of Socorro and the Valencia County Information-Bulletin — additionally might be printed at The New Mexican’s plant.
Severance packages for the staff who lose their jobs will embody well being care advantages. Officers mentioned there might be some employment alternatives with The New Mexican for many who qualify.