News-Leader’s Corporate Owners Move Printing to Columbia

The Tysons Corner, Virginia based owners of the Springfield News-Leader announced they will moving the printing of the Queen City’s daily newspaper nearly 160 miles to Columbia effective the end of March.

According to the article in the News-Leader, the company will try to connect outgoing employees with resources to help in finding new jobs or could potentially offer jobs at other locations within the company.

The article on the News-Leader site also states the news reporting operations will remain at the newspaper’s offices on Boonville Avenue. News-Leader editor-in-chief Amos Bridges is quoted as saying the content of the newspaper will not change because of the moving of print operations.

The move to shut down local publishing of the newspaper comes on the heels of the newspaper’s reporters, photographers, and producers voting to unionize as the Springfield News Guild.

The Guild released a statement citing the fact the staff who worked on the print products had received commendations for their work, and that they were “heartened” to learn many of the employees will get severance and notice of the changes.

However, the Guild did express a concern.

“We sincerely hope that our local readers will not suffer from these changes,” reads the Guild’s statement. “But we cannot ignore the fact that inclement weather could pose problems for delivery trucks coming from three hours away.”

(Headline photo courtesy Kaitlyn McConnell of Ozarks Alive)

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