News-Sentinel staff reduced
Seven of eight News-Sentinel newsroom employees were told Friday afternoon that their jobs were being eliminated, according to staff reports.
Michael Christman, News-Sentinel publisher, called it “a business decision, based on the current state of the industry, on how the News-Sentinel was going to move forward.” In October, the newspaper eliminated its six-day afternoon print product.
“We’ll still have a website. We’ll still have a page in The Journal Gazette every Monday through Saturday. And we’ll still have a presence at key events in the area,” he said. “Kevin Leininger is staying with us to provide great community, business and political coverage.”
Christman said The News-Sentinel will also continue its social media presence and will produce newsletters, although maybe not on a daily basis.
The News-Sentinel is owned by Ogden Newspapers in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is in a joint operating agreement with The Journal Gazette for business-side operations, like advertising, circulation and the presses. The Journal Gazette is locally owned and publishes seven mornings a week. Its newsroom is independently operated.