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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Massive job cuts continue to plague the newspaper industry. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer is eliminating 20 positions. This is the third time the paper has cut jobs in less than a year.

The Albany Herald also cut 5-percent of its work force in January. Publishers say a reduction in real estate, retail, and car advertisements and a 40-percent increase in printing costs is the cause behind many of the lay-offs.

But despite the current cuts, editors believe their will always be a need for newspapers.

"Newspapers are going to be here for a long time. Certainly a metamorphosis is taking place, but the thing that keeps newspapers going is that hyper-local content," said Albany Herald Publisher, Mike Gibhart.

"You can't flip a page without having a picture of a group of kids doing something. And that is what mom wants to see. She wants to see her kid in the paper," said Lee County Ledger Editor, Jim Quinn.

The weekly Lee County Ledger has a paid reader ship of about 3700 households. They say they have also seen a drop in advertisement sales, but are fairing well in the recession, so far.

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