Layoffs at the Observer
"We aren't the first media company to reduce staff, and I'm afraid we won't be the last," says Garcia, noting the recent cutbacks at the Ann Arbor News and Ann Arbor Radio. "But it's especially hard for a small, locally owned company. Our hearts go out to these people and their families."
In addition to the layoffs, an open position will remain unfilled. The reductions affect all departments in the company, which also publishes the Community Observer, the City Guide, the Guest Guide, and arborweb.com.
"We are fortunate to have a very broad base of advertisers," says Garcia, "but in this recession, nearly all of them are hurting.
"We believe the current ad sales decline is cyclical, but all signs are pointing to a long recession. As painful as they are, these changes will allow us to survive until the local economy recovers."
[Originally published in February, 2009.]
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