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Editorial: Changes at Ala. newspapers

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Last week three major daily newspapers in Alabama, The Birmingham News, The Mobile Press-Register and The Huntsville Times, laid off about 400 employees.   The newspapers will cut back their printing schedules and focus on digital. 

We hate to see anyone lose their jobs in Alabama, but we can't fault the newspapers for the layoffs…  we don't know the  specifics of their financial situations.

We do hate to see this size cutback in an industry that is as important to the public welfare as the news media.   While the papers will continue to publish online, they will not have the human resource that they once had.

People should seek multiple sources of news, and all media play an important role in informing the public.  With this size cutback in three of the state's biggest print outlets, all media in Alabama, including television newsrooms, must be more committed than ever to covering the communities we serve.  We at WSFA 12 News will be.

We feel for our print news brethren who lost their jobs, and we wish them well.

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