It’s Friday and thus we have bad media news to bring you. The Journal Register Co. in Connecticut has shuttered sixteen area newspapers leaving 21 reporters and editors are out of jobs effective immediately. According to the New Haven Independent the papers affected include the Branford Review, Hamden Chronicle, Milford Weekly, Stratford Bard, North Haven Post, Shelton Weekly, West Haven News, Wallingford Voice, Clinton Recorder, East Haven Advertisers, among others. And that’s not all:
Workers at the New Haven Register, flagship of the Journal Register Co. chain, are bracing for yet more possible layoffs next month upon the expiration of a debt-holders’ forbearance plan. Journal-Register has also announced it plans to close two Connecticut dailies, the Bristol Press and New Britain Herald, as well as the 11 weeklies in its Imprint chain if no buyer is found by Jan. 12.