(Updated at 2:36 p.m. ET.) An internal memo dated Sunday and forwarded to me moments ago reveals a sweeping plan to consolidate newspaper page production at a series of new "production hubs." Copyediting and story placement would remain at local sites, the memo says, without detailing how that would save money. Timetable: Corporate wants the hubs online as early as possible in the year's second half.
Significantly, the project sounds urgent. Affected newspapers will be contacted by a team of editors in the next few days, if their publisher has not yet been informed, the memo says. The team started work only "a few weeks ago," at the request of newspaper division chief Bob Dickey, the memo says.
I have now written to chief spokeswoman Tara Connell for comment. I have cc'd News Department Vice President Kate Marymont, as well.
Bottom line, editors: You now have three months to reorganize your newsrooms -- again.
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