The Dallas Morning News will outsource the design and layout of its print edition to GateHouse Media and cut around 20 jobs from its 50-person print team. Five other positions in the newsroom have been cut as well.
Ongoing declines in print-related revenues” and total revenue declines, are are forcing The Dallas Morning News to make the changes to help the company continue to align its revenues with its expenses.
GateHouse has a production hub in Austin called the Center for News and Design, where it produces pages for dozens of newspapers at a lower cost, GateHouse copy edits and designs more than 200 newspapers.
The Dallas Morning News will eliminate the roles of copy editor and designer by early June, a total of 20 production jobs. Those people who lose jobs will have the opportunity to apply for others.GateHouse Media CEO Kirk Davis told The Dallas Morning News he expects to hire around 50 new people this year at its production center, and Dallas Morning News employees can apply for jobs there.
Moving forward, The Dallas Morning News will create a team of “multiplatform editors” who will produce stories for the Web, as well as copy edit and write headlines for print.