Alden Global Capital offers buyouts to 20% of The Morning Call newsroom

Written by on June 25, 2021

Alden Global Capital offers buyouts to 20% of The Morning Call newsroom

By Mariella Miller

June 25, 2021

The Morning Call headquarters in Allentown. Photo | Courtesy of Lehigh Valley Live

The Morning Call is seeing another reduction to its newsroom staff.

Eight newsroom workers accepted buyouts — just over 20 percent of the newsroom staff, according to reporter Kayla Dwyer. Their last day was Friday, June 25.

Their departures come less than a month after hedge fund Alden Global Capital purchased the Allentown newspaper and others across the country owned by Tribune Publishing.

Dwyer, a member of the Morning Call Guild, described the buyouts as the beginning of the “bloodletting.” 

Twenty-eight members of the newsroom staff remain, she says, including 18 reporters. Of those accepting buyouts, seven belonged to the union and one was a manager, Dwyer said.

Other newsroom staffers remaining, according to Dwyer, include three photographers, two news assistants, two copy editors, two sports clerks and a person to manage opinion content.

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