Several years ago Hearst Connecticut Media Group that now enjoys the largest digital footprint in the state pulled out of 410 State Street downsizing to smaller editorial offices Downtown. Now it plans to push the stop button on its Bridgeport printing press shop for its Albany operation a few hours away.
This means earlier deadlines for reporters. Print editions of the news organization’s Connecticut papers including the Connecticut Post have collapsed dramatically in recent years with just a few thousand hard copy issues circulating in Bridgeport daily, according to the Alliance For Audited Media.
The good news for Hearst, unlike plummeting institutional print editions such as the Hartford Courant, is its burgeoning digital outreach which has now expanded into the Hartford region.
Hearst news story:
Hearst Connecticut Media Group announced Tuesday it plans to shutter its presses in Bridgeport, consolidating its printing press operations with Hearst’s Albany Times Union publication in New York.
Closing the print presses will impact 28 jobs. However, affected employees were “strongly encouraged” to apply for other production or distribution positions within the company, including in Connecticut and Albany, HCMG President and Publisher Mike DeLuca wrote in an email Tuesday to staff.
The decision to shift print operations was influenced in part by the “age and rising maintenance of the 40-year-old printing equipment” in Bridgeport, DeLuca said in the email. Albany Times Union has newer and more advanced printing presses that will deliver a quality product, he added.
“I have no doubt this modernization will extend the life of our physical print product and result in a better experience for our print readers,” DeLuca wrote in the email to staff.
The shift, which will take effect in July, will mean earlier print deadlines for HCMG’s eight daily newspapers: the Connecticut Post, New Haven Register, Danbury News-Times, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Norwalk Hour, The Middletown Press and the Register Citizen in Torrington.
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