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Al Cross: 'AJC' Cutbacks Will Have Rural Fallout

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Al Cross: 'AJC' Cutbacks Will Have Rural Fallout

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After word spread this afternoon about the 80 job cuts and newsroom "realignment" at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (see separate story), Al Cross posted the following at the The Rural Blog carried by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, where he serves as director.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution made news this afternoon by announcing a sweeping reorganization and an early-retirement offer for up to 80 employees. But the early national reporting on the changes ignored the impact on rural Georgia, where the AJC will be less available and its reporters probably more scarce.

Starting April 1, the paper's direct distribution will be limited to the 73 Georgia counties closest to Atlanta. That is fewer than half of Georgia's 159 counties, so those beyond Macon and Augusta appear likely to be left out. The paper's news release said more than 70 percent of Georgians will still be able to get home delivery. (We've asked the newspaper, the largest unit in Cox Enterprises Inc., to provide a map.)

"These 73 counties represent a population of approximately 7 million people," the release said. …

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