The always-shifting sands of Newhouse-owned newspapers in Alabama are again on the move as a corporate email that went out to employees last week indicates printing could soon be outsourced at the Birmingham News, meaning another big round of layoffs.
The email, which we’re told came from the Alabama vice president of central services, says the company is looking for ways to lower costs and has been in active discussions with printers who could handle Birmingham’s printing and packaging operations. Insiders say outsourcing those services could lead to a layoff of more than 100 people, although that number cannot be verified.
The email went on to say the decision would be made over the next eight weeks. It says the operating, capital and facility savings would be substantial for the company.
In addition to printing its own paper, the Birmingham News currently prints The Huntsville Times.
Press-Register subscribers are being informed of another price increase via letters. As of the beginning of this month, subscribers were told they would now be paying city, county and state sales taxes. Those have generally been included as part of the total price of the paper.
Total sales tax inside the city of Mobile is currently 10 percent. Subscribers last saw a price increase this time last year, but the increase was determined by ZIP code. Still, rack prices jumped 50 cents for weekday papers last August.
Golson in HOF
The Southern Public Relations Federation recently inducted Eva Golson, director of the Mobile Film Office, into its Hall of Fame.
Golson has served as director of the Mobile Film Office since its inception in 2001, and has been pushing the Azalea City as a film and TV destination since 1976. In that time she has helped make Mobile the state’s leading destination for films and TV series.
Since Golson began her efforts, there have been 178 movies, television series, music videos, documentaries and commercials filmed in the area. She was a driving force behind the state’s incentive package aimed at improving Alabama’s opportunities for having larger-budget films made here. Since then Mobile has attracted films with a combined budget of more than $150 million.
Golson is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama’s Mobile Chapter and the Southern Public Relations Federation. She was named the Public Relations Council of Alabama’s Practitioner of the Year in 1980, and is also in the Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame.
She was inducted into the SPRF’s Hall of Fame Aug. 5 during a ceremony in Starkville, Mississippi.