South Carolina’s dead tree media (a.k.a. newspaper industry) suffered another blow Friday when its reigning heavyweight – the Charleston Post and Courier – announced that it had shed twenty-three jobs.
The news was broken via perhaps the shortest article ever posted on the paper’s website …
The Post and Courier today eliminated 23 positions throughout the building, including seven that were unfilled, in an effort to cut expenses during continued economic weakness that is impacting advertising.
Yeah, that’s not an excerpt, people … that’s the whole article.
The Post and Courier, which overtook La Socialista (a.k.a. The State newspaper) earlier this year as the Palmetto State’s largest paper, is obviously nonetheless suffering from the same dramatic declines in circulation being felt by other South Carolina newspapers – and frankly newspapers all over the nation.
According to Audit Bureau of Circulations data released a week ago,
La Socialista – which has lost nearly 13,000 subscriptions in the last month alone – has already endured three rounds of layoffs within the last year, reducing its total workforce by 11%.
UPDATE: We’ve been asked a few times why we put news of journalism job losses under our “Good Stuff” section. That’s easy … we’re competing with them, and “if they gonna drown,” we’re gonna “stick a hose in (their) mouth.”
Plus, we hear there are some good construction jobs coming to the S.C. Lowcountry soon …