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Local newspapers taking another hit

Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s profile of a troubled US newspaper industry, comes word that Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper company, is dishing out massive layoffs today.  While the specific impact on various NHL reporters is uncertain at this time, it’s hard to believe that some markets won’t take a hit given the widespread nature of the carnage, which is being chronicled by a former Gannett editor, city by city:

The current round [of layoffs] would reduce employment 10% in the 30,000-employee community newspaper division by early December. USA Today and (likely) the Detroit Free Press are subject to this layoff, too. The newspaper division has 85 dailies in this round.

The stories are coming in from all over the country, and being newspaper folks, they obviously write up their experiences well.  Jim Hopkin’s Gannett Blog has some very heartfelt and honest reporting going on today.  For hockey fans who worry about the level of attention the NHL gets from the mainstream media, it will be interesting to see how deeply, if at all, this affects the level of hockey coverage in the daily press.

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