In a story that has received relatively little mainstream news attention, it was announced last week that Booth Newspapers–the owner of The Grand Rapids Press–is looking to eliminate a number of positions in a consolidation effort that could decrease quality reporting across the state.
Booth Newspapers–which itself is a subsidiary of Advance Publications/Newhouse–owns and operates eight newspapers in Michigan: the Grand Rapids Press, the Ann Arbor News, the Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, and the Saginaw News. According to reports, Booth Newspapers is consolidating design and copy editing for the entire chain in Grand Rapids and is offering buyouts to effected employees. Advertising and accounting will be located in Kalamazoo. The consolidation will likely mean fewer reporters on the ground to cover local news across the state.
Reportedly, 135 people in Grand Rapids received buyout offers as well.
Newspapers across the country continue to face drops in circulation and advertising revenue.