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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I was upset to hear about the layoffs at The Roanoke Times last week (“Roanoke Times lays off 11% of workforce,” Sept. 11 news story). The majority affected worked in the paper’s digital, technology and production departments.
Before moving to Virginia, I watched my hometown newspaper, the Ann Arbor News, successfully transition to an all-digital format (AnnArbor.com).
I had hoped The Roanoke Times would make a similar push into digital publishing, just as The Washington Post and other papers have rolled out exciting, electronic versions of their publications.
Clearly, I was wrong — apparently, there’s a difference between getting purchased by an Omaha billionaire instead of an Internet billionaire.
I appreciated the work the digital team did at The Roanoke Times, especially the website redesign. It’s a shame that the paper chose to go backward, instead of charging full steam ahead into the future.
Editor’s note: Staffing changes at The Roanoke Times were related to the ability to share resources with other newspapers. There are no plans to eliminate digital services such as the website, iPad and smart phone platforms now available to readers.
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