I can't really confirm this is true, but I've heard -- and some anonymous messages on a Yahoo message board say the same thing -- that the Journal Register Co. closed some weeklies near New Haven today and laid off about 20 employees.
One post on the message board says that "the Pictorial Gazette, Main Street News, Shore Line Times, Branford Review, East Haven Advertiser, and Clinton Recorder have been shuttered."
"A lot of very good and loyal, longtime employees were showed the door this afternoon," it said. That fits with what I heard thirdhand.
If it's true, it would mean that my former editor, Bob Pollack, who wrote such a nice column about The Bristol Press recently, is probably out of a job tonight.
Merry Christmas, Bob.
By the way, we're talking about papers whose combined circulation each week exceeds 200,000, This is big time stuff for those communities.
Here is another story about the closings.
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