Gannett, the parent company of USA TODAY and local newspapers across the United States, announced on Monday that it will furlough employees as print advertising plummets in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Newspapers across the country were already in a precarious financial condition prior to the coronavirus crisis.
So it was no surprise that they are the first news medium to be significantly impacted by the near-freezing of the economy due to stay-at-home orders and restaurant closings issued across several states.
For now, TV and online news media are in a better financial position to continue delivering local news.
The Daily Beast reports that Gannett employees will be furloughed for 5 days a week each month through June and cuts to employee pay will start this week.
Gannett owns 34 local newspapers in Florida that cover mostly suburban areas and smaller cities.
Daily Commercial Leesburg
Daytona Beach News-Journal Daytona Beach
Eglin Dispatch Eglin AFB
Florida Today Brevard
Gainesville Guardian Gainesville
Holmes County Times Advertiser (in Bonifay, FL) Chipley
Hurlburt Warrior Hurlburt Field
Indian River Press Journal Vero Beach
Naples Daily News Naples
News Chief (in Winter Haven, FL) Lakeland
Northwest Florida Daily News Fort Walton Beach
Ocala Star-Banner Ocala
Palm Beach Daily News West Palm Beach
Panama City News Herald Panama City
Pensacola News Journal Pensacola Daily
Santa Rosa Press Gazette Milton Weekly
South Lake Press Clermont
TCPalm | Treasure Coast Newspapers Treasure Coast
Tallahassee Democrat Tallahassee
The Destin Log Destin
The Florida Times-Union Jacksonville
The Gainesville Sun Gainesville
The Ledger Lakeland
The News-Press Fort Myers
The Palm Beach Post West Palm Beach
The St. Augustine Record St. Augustine
The St. Lucie News-Tribune Fort Pierce
The Star Port St. Joe
The Stuart News Stuart
The Times Apalachicola
The Walton Sun Santa Rosa Beach
Washington County News Chipley