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Democrat-Gazette lays off 8 employees in cost-cutting move

By Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Staff

This article was published January 10, 2017 at 1:32 p.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has laid off eight employees in a cost-cutting move brought on by a continued reduction in advertising spending.

Lynn Hamilton, president and general manager of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Inc., said five of the eight layoffs came from the newsroom, two from production, and one from circulation.

The layoffs are the newspaper’s first since 2009, Hamilton said.

The eight will receive severance packages that will vary on how long each has worked at the newspaper. Their tenure ranged from less than a year to more than 30 years, Hamilton said.

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Razrbak says... January 10, 2017 at 2:07 p.m.

Who was canned from the newsroom?

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Reader4 says... January 10, 2017 at 4:57 p.m.

Absolutely hate that Matt Spence, an employee for more than 34 years, was let go. How do you fire a beloved employee who's been there more than 34 years? And had never been anything other than a loyal, dedicated, and talented employee?

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BrightBulb says... January 10, 2017 at 5:10 p.m.

Hussman likes money. People are disposable to him. It's the Republican way.

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wholen says... January 10, 2017 at 6:29 p.m.

Paper subscription is getting expensive and I'm sure the DemoGaz has seen readership fall as most papers across the country.

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TravisBickle says... January 10, 2017 at 6:34 p.m.

They wouldn't can Hall because he pays them!

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TravisBickle says... January 10, 2017 at 6:41 p.m.

If you want to know the fickle nature of corporate America, go to work at Acxiom. They'll lay you off at the drop of a point in the stock price. Look for the announcement for the sale of that shiny building downtown soon.

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carpenterretired says... January 10, 2017 at 7:02 p.m.

Well folks just capitalism.

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PopulistMom says... January 10, 2017 at 7:24 p.m.

All of the editorialists and columnists have the same opinions and profiles--with the exception of John Brummett. I probably would not subscribe except for Brummett. Readership might improve if they had a black female columnist. I read the New York Times and the Washington Posts because they offer more diversity of opinion. I also would like to see more features on young people who commit crimes and the lack of recreational opportunities in Little Rock. Too many articles describe the crime but do not discuss the root causes.

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libertas2u says... January 10, 2017 at 7:25 p.m.

Contrary to their faux social commentaries they are a corporation and firing someone close to retiring saves them money.

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BEARTRAP919 says... January 10, 2017 at 8 p.m.

As all good Republicans know it is just Business, You know Follow the Money and you will discover lots of stuff, Maybe Mr Trump will fix this problem after he is sworn In, It is just a matter of a few days now.

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