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'Bakersfield Californian' Expands In-Sourcing to Pressroom

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'Bakersfield Californian' Expands In-Sourcing to Pressroom

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The Bakersfield Californian is handing over its printing operations to an outside contractor beginning in March. The contractor, Brad Moseley Inc. of Reno, Nevada, has been handling the Californian's post-press operations since 2004.

The hand-off will result in the elimination of 34 jobs at the newspaper's Harrell-Fritts Publishing Center. In addition to press operators, the change will affect delivery, shipping and receiving, building maintenance and janitorial staff.

The family-owned Californian and its sister weekly, The Tehachapi News, will still be printed on the publishing center's 20-year-old doublewide TKS press, and processed with the company's Ferag equipment. But employees doing the work will be working for BMI, which will lease the Californian's equipment and charge the paper for its services.

The Californian has a weekday circulation of 59,035 and Sunday circulation of 70,015.

BMI is hiring to fill vacant positions at the publishing center, and the Californian has told fired employees that they can apply for those positions through BMI. "Some of the people ... currently employed will be maintained, and we are bringing in others," says BMI President Brad Moseley.

The decision to bring in an outside contractor to handle production work is something of a "hybrid model," says Californian President Richard Beene. "We are kind of isolated geographically. We're not in an area where someone else is setting up a separate press," he says, referring to recent news about Transcontinental's plan to build a new facility to print the San Francisco Chronicle.

Beene has emphasized that the decision is not financial, but rather one of focus. "I don't want management dealing with the press. I want them worrying about the things that will secure our future," he says, such as news content, online editions, sales, market and data research. …

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