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Newspaper workers laid off

Dozens of south Georgia newspaper workers are laid off.

We're told the company that owns papers in Valdosta, Tifton, Cordele, Americus and Thomasville is cutting its workforce by 20-percent.

It's another sign of the tough economy and the struggling newspaper industry.

The Valdosta Daily Times is dealing with lay offs. One of VSU's graduate students was affected.

"We had a student that was placed with the Valdosta Daily Times and we received a call from her yesterday stating she had been laid off," said Carla Carter Jordan. "She was a co-op student which was a paid opportunity."

We're told there was a total of 16 layoffs. The Daily Times isn't the only newspaper. Sources tell us the parent company Community Newspaper Holdings Incorporated is making 20 percent cuts across the board.

That would also include the Thomasville Times Enterprise, the Tifton Gazette, the Cordele Dispatch, and the Americus Times Recorder.

Carla Carter Jordan tells us she believes print journalism is on the decline because of the internet.

"It has become almost a disruptive technology for newspapers," said Jordan.

She says instead of feeling the pages of newspapers people now have smart phones, Ipads, and Kindles.

"These types of developments have really decreased print journalism, print media, the printing of books, the reading of books," said Jordan.

The layoffs are another sign of the tough economic times.

Community Newspaper Holdings Incorporated did not return our phone calls.

We couldn't reach the publisher of the Valdosta Daily Times and the editor told us she had no comment on the layoffs.


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