ONEIDA, N.Y. – Seventeen positions will be eliminated at the Oneida Daily Dispatch, as the newspaper restructures for what it calls a new business model. The four fulltime and 13 part-time jobs are in press and mailroom operations. Senior Publisher Jim Murphy tells us those functions will be outsourced to a third-party printer. Murphy says the paper will continue to be printed and delivered, but the changes will allow the Daily Dispatch’s remaining staff of 30 to focus more on creating news and other content, particularly for its website. The job cuts are expected to take effect by March 22.
Also affected are 17 independent newspaper carriers, whose delivery routes will also be outsourced.