A corporate consolidation initiative by Media General Inc. will result in the elimination of two newsroom operations at the Winston-Salem Journal by Oct. 31, company officials said Wednesday.
The copy-editing and page-design departments will be shifted to larger Media General publications –the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and The Tampa Tribune in Florida. The consolidated operation is expected to start up in the third quarter, said Media General, which is based in Richmond.
The consolidation will involve job cuts.
"It is undetermined how many jobs and where," said Ray Kozakewicz, a spokesman for Media General. The Journal has 18½ positions in those two departments, representing 20 percent of its newsroom staff.
A design coordinator will be based at the Journal, Kozakewicz said.
From what I can tell it sounds like they'll be losing about 16 people from the 92-ish that are currently there. Sure, some might be able to get jobs in Richmond or Tampa if they want them but that's still a job loss as far as Winston-Salem is concerned.
At this rate I might be able to rent the Journal space in my house as the kids move out over the next five years. I can easily accommodate the five of them and their computers. I might even be able to fit in the high speed copier (with collator/stapler!).