Western Illinois newspaper ceases publication

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Following layoffs at several Gannett-owned newspapers in the region, one newspaper is ceasing publication this week.

The Prairie Review covered Abingdon, Avon, Oquawka, Roseville and Saint Augustine.

Gannett sent out a notice to subscribers that the final print edition will be on Thursday, September 15. The notice states that any remaining balance on subscriptions will be refunded by check within six weeks.

The newspaper did not have a website.

Gannett is the nation’s largest newspaper chain. He announced layoffs a month ago after losing millions in the second quarter.

The network declined to release details of the layoffs, but Poynter reported the company laid off 400 workers and cut 400 vacancies, and Iowa Public Radio reported cuts at The Hawk Eye in Burlington.

Tri States Public Radio asked Gannett for details of the layoffs in newspapers in that area, including The Hawk Eye, The McDonough County Voice and The Galesburg Register Mail. Gannett also operates The Canton Daily Ledger, The Monmouth Review Atlas and The Peoria Journal Star in this region.

The company’s response, attributable to Lark-Marie Antón, Gannett’s director of communications:

“We have been transparent about the need to evolve our operations and cost structure in line with our growth strategy, while having to act quickly given the challenging economic environment. These workforce reductions are incredibly difficult, and we are grateful for the contributions of our departing colleagues.”

Out of deep respect for our colleagues, there are no further comments.

TSPR nevertheless requested additional comments.

We suggested that Gannett owes his print and online audience to explain how many journalists stay in their local papers:

“Don’t your paying customers deserve this level of transparency?” Don’t the communities that have supported and depended on these publications for decades deserve to know what happened to their local newspapers? »

Gannett did not respond.

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