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Star-Ledger Announces Round of Layoffs Wednesday

State's largest paper cites economic woes.

The publisher of The Star-Ledger announced Wednesday the paper would be laying off 34 employees, a first for a publication famous in the industry for refraining from layoffs, NJ.com reported.

The layoffs include 18 staff in a newsroom of 195, the paper’s publisher, Richard Vezza, also said. The paper’s headquarters are located at Court and Washington streets in Newark. The Star-Ledger is New Jersey’s largest newspaper by circulation.

In an industry battered by competition and falling ad revenues during the last several years, the Ledger was unique in refraining from staff layoffs. Previously, the paper--which once had a job-security pledge in place for non-union staff--has relied on buyouts and attrition to reduce staff.

Advance Publications, which owns The Star-Ledger, has initiated even more drastic staff cuts at its other publications, including The Times Picayune in New Orleans and papers in Alabama. In June, hundreds of jobs were cut at those papers when they ceased daily print editions and shifted their focus online.

Vezza said, however, that the Ledger staff cuts would not be nearly as extensive. 

"This is not a foreshadowing of the demise of the paper. We have no plans for further layoffs,” Vezza told The Star-Ledger.

Jack Arnold January 16, 2013 at 07:02 PM
"We have no plans for further layoffs." Whistling past the graveyard... The Press of Atlantic City was put up for sale last week. The Gannett papers in NJ have merged operations and a lot of their content. The local weeklies are surviving on legal advertising. If the state OKs online legal notices they are history. It is only a matter of time before physical newspapers go the way of the horse and buggy.
b flake January 16, 2013 at 07:11 PM
The Star Ledger is one of the worst papers I have ever read, it is hard to believe they have 195 people in the newsroom, given the quality of the product I would have thought they have 3 people in the newsroom
ROC II January 16, 2013 at 09:53 PM
I've been reading the SL since forever. What a liberal rag that paper has turned into. A homeless mans NY Times, minus the accolades and quality reporting. What is the last true "scoop" they have broken? Anyone? Bueller?
Ted Baker January 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM
The effects of an increasingly paperless society. You can get any newspaper you want with a few clicks of a mouse, etc, and not have a big mess to sort and recycle every two weeks.
Nucky Thompson January 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM
I still enjoy reading a newspaper with my morning coffee however the evidence is clear, print media is doomed. Although the Editorial inclination of the Daily Record has certainly improved lately, there's hardly enough "paper" there to line a bird cage! Being the last big player in the northern NJ market, the "Ledger" ownes the last life boat on the Titanic. The NYT will continue to thrive 'cause rednecks can't read!
Sam The Man January 17, 2013 at 12:54 AM
I sure hope they don't go out of business. I found it to be one of the best newspapers around to line the bottom of my bird cage. It has great moisture absorption.
b flake January 17, 2013 at 01:19 AM
There is nothing worth reading there at the Star Ledger. My barber has the paper there every day, there is nothing worth reading whenever I pick it up every 2 weeks.
Harry January 17, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Last year, I tried to phone in a news ti to the Star-Ledger. I couldn't get anyone in the editorial department on the phone! "You may leave a message." So I called another newspaper instead, which put it on the front page next day. I think the world no longer needs the Star-Ledger.
clyde donovan January 17, 2013 at 02:39 AM
The Daily Record is suitable for lining the bottom of a bird cage.
Daily Record January 17, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Good, the Star-Ledger is a horrible paper with an abundance of spelling and grammatical errors.
Ricky January 17, 2013 at 09:10 AM
>>I've been reading the SL since forever. What a liberal rag that paper has turned into<< You mean years ago they were actually a far right wing paper, the kind that only Rush Limbaugh types would enjoy? Wow you sure hung on for dear life as that paper made a full 180 degree turn.
Michael January 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM
I love when libs shoot themselves in the foot. I know they do it all the time, but its just such a pleasure to watch it unfold in front of your eyes. Because libs are so good stealing from others it takes so long to see the fruits of their labor.
ACE January 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I have been a Star-Ledger subscriber for years and get a lot of information from reading the 'paper' that I don't get online. It will be sad if newspapers do go away. I don't want to spend any more of my life staring at a computer screen than I have to.
ML January 17, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I have to agree with b flake and ROC II. It is way past its prime! I get my news from "reliable" sites on the internet.
Larry D. January 17, 2013 at 01:35 PM
It does get tiring, the continual bashing of EVERY quote Christie has ever said. I still read it daily for County, Sports, Today and Obits, and would miss it if it folds.
tryintosurvive January 17, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Newspapers are dinosaurs. More and more of us are getting all of our news and other information online.
Martin Golan January 17, 2013 at 05:17 PM
One of the main reasons for the troubles of printed newspapers, of course, is the news "aggregaters," such as the one you're reading right now, which essentially do little real reporting but summarize what has been reported elsewhere, or rewrite (or print verbatim) press releases from officials. That the Star Ledger was always a crappy newspaper, even in its heyday, is beside the point. I've worked for Newhouse, and he's never cared about quality with his newspapers.
montclairdad January 17, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Unfortunately, the Ledger's quality has suffered during the decline of the newspaper industry. Not getting into (the usual) name calling over political affiliations, but talking about the actual quality on a daily basis. Yes, it has won awards for big pieces and broken stories, but that's become the exception rather than the norm. The editorial page - once a great strength - currently reads like it's drafted by a petulant child, or worse, some hackneyed blogger. It's only going to get worse I'm afraid, which as a former newspaperman - and a huge fan of the medium - saddens me.
LC January 17, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Agreed! Pravda - um, I mean the Ledger - stinks!
LC January 17, 2013 at 07:17 PM
How can you stand it anymore. I grew up reading it but cannot stomach it now. I stopped daily delivery a long time ago, but I do keep reordering the Thurs & Sun delivery at a deep discount just to get my coupons and store circulars. Otherwise - I flip through it in two minutes - I won't read the trash they spew. To the laid off SL folks - have fun in the unemployment line in Obama's Amerika!
Bob O January 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM
I agree that it has turned into a liberal rag. But they were always very good at attacking public employees and muffling their voice, and subsequently, the truth. Bit of a contrast in ideaology there. On a positive note, they did have the best Sports Section I have ever read and I've read many all over the country.
Nucky Thompson January 19, 2013 at 09:54 PM
I contend the Daily Record exceeds the Ledger in spelling and grammatical errors. You would think if your paper frequently consists of as few as 18 pages as it did today, they'd have sufficient time to properly edit prior to printing!
Don Mennie January 20, 2013 at 08:11 AM
You cannot have much investigative reporting in newspapers, on radio/TV, or via the Internet when most of such media are merely suibdivisions of huge, unrelated businesses in corporate America. The problem goes way beyond which publisher is "liberal" or "conservative" -- Things we really need to know about are simply not covered at all. Or if they are discussed the topic originates with some blogger who has no credentials or track record. The viral unsubstantiated rumor is NOT journalism. While there are a few good newspapers still in business, just WHAT will we have to replace them in the near future? Just a bunch of high-tech gadgets that deliver an endless stream of showbiz gossip and crime/disaster headlines! Very sad!
A. Newarker January 21, 2013 at 06:32 AM
Use to be the paper was printed in Newark so the last 50,000 issues always contained the latest news as of at least 5 PM.. Now it is printed in plants along the interstates and when it reaches Newark at 6 AM the news in it is as of 2 AM! No breaking stories. Also the paper used it have targeted local advertisements and stories. In Essex county it had two editions - East and West - about your town in it. Gone!

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