Standard-Examiner sold to Ogden Newspapers; 21 positions eliminated

Tuesday , May 15, 2018 - 1:01 PM5 comments

Standard-Examiner staff

Under new ownership, the Standard-Examiner has eliminated 21 positions including five in the newsroom.

The change impacted 15 full-time and six part-time employees, the newspaper’s former owner, Sandusky Newspaper Group, confirmed on Saturday. All departments received cuts.

“The Standard-Examiner has not been a profitable business for more than a year and the realities of the publishing industry are that we need to operate with fewer people. I echo the comments made by others that anyone invested in their community should subscribe to this — or any — newspaper. That is the best option to ensure locally-based, watchdog journalism survives,” said Doug Phares, president of the Sandusky Newspaper Group, in a statement.

Phares added he expects a number of the vacant positions to be filled.

The five cuts to the newsroom included one photographer, two reporters, Executive Editor Greg Halling and Managing Editor Anne Christnovich. 

Publisher Brandon Erlacher is also among those who will not be employed under the Standard Examiner’s new owner, West Virginia-based The Ogden Newspapers.

“The Ogden Newspapers is committed to providing a strong community newspaper to the residents of greater Weber County, and to providing great coverage on the important issues affecting our community," said Michael Christman, regional publisher for the Ogden Newspapers of Utah, in a statement.

The Ogden Newspapers publishes 45 papers across the U.S., from New York to Hawaii, including the Provo Daily Herald.

Christman said the change in operation at the Standard-Examiner will lead to a better focus on community journalism.

"We are very confident with the direction we intend to take The Standard-Examiner — and that direction is focusing on how life is lived in this region,” he said. “Our goal is to tell the story of Weber County and the surrounding area — from the successes of local high school sports teams to the pride we all feel when one of our neighbors does something inspirational to just how — and why — our local officials are spending tax dollars."

The Ogden Newspapers of Utah will officially take over operations of the Standard-Examiner on Monday, May 14.

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