Saturday, February 24, 2024

Virginian-Pilot to move printing operations, cut 130 jobs

(WYDaily file)
(WYDaily file)

About 130 employees will lose their jobs at The Virginian-Pilot when its printing operations move to a facility used by another regional publication, according to its owner.

The newspaper is set to be printed in the Richmond Times Dispatch’s facility in the state’s capital starting in July, The Pilot reported, citing an announcement from Tribune Publishing executive Par Ridder.

In an email sent to employees Tuesday, Ridder said 48 full-time and 84 part-time positions involved in printing and packaging the newspaper would be eliminated.

“Going forward, we do not expect ad revenue to return to the same levels from before the pandemic so we must continue operating with reduced overall costs,” he wrote.

Tribune also owns nearby publications The Daily Press, Virginia Gazette and Tidewater Review, which had all been printed in Richmond since before The Pilot was purchased in 2018.

Tribune Publishing originally intended to print all of the publications at a Virginia Beach printing plant, but decided to move its operations after receiving an offer in Richmond, Ridder said.

The union representing the newspapers called the decision “shortsighted” in a statement Tuesday and said it would hurt the publication’s ability to cover the news.
At the beginning of the month, The Virginian-Pilot officially moved out of the downtown Norfolk building that it had occupied for more than 80 years and Tribune Publishing sold the building to a developer who planned to turn it into apartments.
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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