‘A Matter Of Survival’: New Jersey’s Star-Ledger Cutting 200 Jobs, Threatens Sale

imageThe publisher of the The Star-Ledger says the paper is on “life-support” and so making a large-scale buyout offer as it hopes to shed 200 jobs, the paper reported. The buyouts are aimed at non-union staffers. George Arwady, the Newark, NJ-based paper’s publisher, described the use of buyouts as a matter of survival for the paper. He issued a stark ultimatum: if the paper can’t get 200 employees to accept the offer, the paper will be sold. Arwady said that the employees have until Oct. 1 to either agree or reject the buyouts. The news comes amid an incessant string of bad financial news for newspapers, including layoffs this past month at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Tribune’s The Orlando Sentinel, and the Wall St. Journal. On top of that, looking across the past week