Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:38:47 GMT — The Post-Standard and Syracuse.com are making the next moves towards reorganization on Monday. According to an article on Syracuse.com, editor and publisher Stephen A. Rogers told employees that they will find out on Monday whether they will be offered a severance package or a new position at one of the two new companies. The Post-Standard and Syracuse.com are joining together to form a new digital company called Syracuse Media Group that is scheduled to launch in January, 2013. Advance Central Services Syracuse is a new company that will be formed to manage functions that support the Syracuse Media Group such as printing, information systems, and human relations. The two companies will be looking to fill about 60 new positions over the next few months, according to Syracuse.com. Current employees who are offered severance packages will be able to apply for these positions. Beginning in January, The Post-Standard will only be published in print for home delivery and newsstands three days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Some readers in Syracuse are still reeling from news of the changes.
"I was really upset because I always read the newspaper every morning," says Valerie Crowell from Baldwinsville. "I never go online to check the news, so I didn't know what I was going to do without the newspaper every day."
Others say they believe the changes were probably inevitable.
"It's a small media market, and with Internet media being the way that it is, and so many people being able to publish so much so quickly, it's very difficult for somebody who has one shot each day to stay viable," says Nick Cortese from Binghamton.
No matter what readers think of the new format, though, the ones we spoke with all agree, they don't want to see more layoffs in Syracuse.