Fort Wayne Newspapers adjusts staff, features
Fort Wayne Newspapers is adjusting staffing and features in response to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, said President and CEO Scott Stanford.
“Our journalism mission is as important as ever,” Stanford said. “That puts great responsibility on us to make sound decisions and be good stewards of this business on behalf of the northeast Indiana community we serve.”
Among the changes is that Fort Wayne Newspapers is suspending publication of the News-Sentinel page for now. The page will be evaluated for return as market conditions improve, Stanford said.
Longtime News-Sentinel reporter and columnist Kevin Leininger has been furloughed as a result of the suspension. Other employees also have been furloughed and some positions eliminated as Fort Wayne Newspapers makes modest but appropriate adjustments to staff in response to the challenging economic environment, Stanford said.
“The global pandemic and resulting shutdown of the northeast Indiana economy has placed downward pressure on many businesses,” Stanford said. “It is our hope that, as businesses are able to reopen, the economy begins to improve and business returns to more normal levels, we will be able to bring back furloughed employees and restore features like the News-Sentinel page.”
Stanford said Fort Wayne Newspapers continues to employ more than 120 fulltime and part-time employees and contracts with more than 100 carriers for delivery of the newspaper. The Journal Gazette’s 40 fulltime newspaper journalists make up the largest newsgathering team in northeast Indiana.
The Journal Gazette remains the second-largest newspaper in Indiana with distribution of 50,266 newspapers on Sunday and 33,219 newspapers each day Monday through Saturday.