IBJ's follow: it's going to get worse

Dateline: Wed 22 Jun 2011


Indianapolis Busines Journal's Cory Schouten is scooping the Star in coverage of what's going down at 307 N. Penn. Of course, the Star has not had a reporter assigned to media for years.

Here's the top half of the IBJ story:

"A deep round of layoffs at The Indianapolis Star is only the beginning of a major restructuring of the company's news operations, Publisher Karen Crotchfelt told IBJ in an interview Wednesday.

"The newspaper on Tuesday eliminated 81 positions, 62 of which had been filled, in a move it blamed on a sluggish economic recovery and weak national advertising spending. The layoffs, which included 26 newsroom positions, were part of a purge of 700 employees by parent Gannett Co. Inc.

"The next steps for the Star, which remains profitable, include reassigning several remaining staff members to an online-only operation that will double in size to 21, and refashioning the newspaper's suburban coverage, Crotchfelt said.

"Most of the eight reporters who lost their jobs Tuesday covered news and sports in suburban areas. Those let go include Josh Duke, who covered Avon and Brownsburg out of the newspaper's west bureau; Melanie D. Hayes, who covered Fishers and Noblesville; Robert Annis, a government and crime reporter in the north bureau; Ted Schultz, who covered high school sports in the north suburbs; and Kevin O'Neal, a reporter in the south bureau.

"Suburban coverage will get a new look by the fall, Crotchfelt said.

" 'We are looking at our suburban strategy in terms of number of zones and doing significant consumer research to see what people are looking for,' she said. 'We will have a different approach but will continue to serve those readers with the content they tell us they really want.'"

"She declined to elaborate, citing competitive reasons."

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