Poughkeepsie to print in Westchester; 45 jobs lost

The Poughkeepsie Journal in New York will be printed and distributed by The Journal News in Westchester — 64 miles south — starting in early January, Publisher Barry Rothfeld told employees today in a memo forwarded to me. The 45 jobs eliminated are separate from the 10% staff reduction announced last week.

Poughkeepsie’s deadlines will be moved up after the switch; given the 128-mile round trip between the cities, it’ll be interesting to see the impact on final sports scores and other late news. “Logistical details about printing in Westchester are being worked out,” Rothfeld’s memo says, “although you should know that Westchester has good experience printing other daily newspapers, produces quality products, and I expect good cooperation between the two units.”

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