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Daily Freeman publisher announces printing changes, job cuts

Dec 05, 2010 11:24 am
KINGSTON - Ira Fusfeld, publisher of the Daily Freeman in Kingston, has penned a heartfelt summary of where newspapers stand these days, along with an announcement that starting this Tuesday, December 7, the peper will be printed on the presses of the Freeman's sister newspaper in Troy. "Closing the pressroom and mailroom in Kingston, as well as changing the manner in which the newspapers are delivered," Fusfeld writes, "will result in the elimination of 58 full- and part-time, union and non-union jobs." Consolidation will also mean that the paper will be printed about three hours earlier each evening, thus pushing more breaking stories to the newspaper's website.

"When news breaks, you’ll see it first on one of our many Twitter feeds and on our Facebook page. Then it will show up on our website, initially as a short story, which will expand throughout the day until press time for the print edition," writes Fusfeld, publisher since 1987 and with the Freeman since 1970. "We currently offer links to a variety of local bloggers on our website, with more to come. A Community Media Lab is planned. We’ll be doing more of what’s become known in the business as 'crowd sourcing.'”

Sounds like what we're doing here at WGXC, without the radio component we'll have on air come next month. Our hats off to all in this field working to stay afloat, and keep the news we read pertinent and truly spin-free.

For Fusfeld's full Publisher's Note, click HERE...