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Rivals agreement: Sun Sentinel to print the Post

By Juan Carlos Fanjul email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - "It's devastating losing your job," says Beverly Albury who has worked in the mail room of the Palm Beach Post for 11 years.

As of January, her job and that of 300 others at Palm Beach County's largest metropolitan newspaper will be no more.

She was told about the cuts around 3 a.m. Tuesday. "They don't think about your bills, your car and mortgage payments. Poof, it's all gone," she said.

The jobs cuts come as the Post gets ready to shut down it's aging printing plant in West Palm Beach's south end. A costly refurbishing of the facility was scrapped in favor of a surprising agreement with it's rival.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel will now print Palm Beach County's newspaper at it's facilities in Deerfield Beach in Broward County. That means there is no need for local printing employees from drivers to production staffers.

In a letter issued to workers Tuesday, the Post's publisher Doug Franklin said, "This was an extremely difficult decision made only after we exhausted all other options."

Employees will be given a severance package if they stay until the shutdown of operations in West Palm. They can also apply for 40 positions that will be created in Broward County.

"Yahoo is good, that's the way I get my news. My dad reads the paper, but I never read the paper," said 24 year old Stephanie Young.

Twenty-two-year-old Angelie Collado says, "No, I don't read the paper because I don't have time."

Where these 20 somethings get their news from is part of the reason why newspapers have struggled financially. Fewer people are reading the morning paper; instead, they turn to the Internet, and it's happening in the middle of a sharp economic slump.

"I will still read the paper. It makes no difference to me where it's printed," said Post reader Hayward Crumbry.

The Post stresses there will be no changes in content, nor delivery; however, for Albury, it's more than were the paper is printed, this is about her life. "It's awful, they could save this company if the wanted to," she said.

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