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Statesman Journal Lays Off Key Newsroom Employees, Sells Building


The downtown Salem building that houses the Statesman Journal newsroom.

The downtown Salem building that houses the Statesman Journal newsroom.

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The daily newspaper in Oregon’s capital is undergoing some changes.

The Statesman Journal in Salem quietly parted ways with executive editor Michael Davis earlier this month. This week, long-time opinion page editor Dick Hughes was laid off.

Hughes had been with the paper nearly 35 years. He said on Twitter that it was a sad day, but that he had no hard feelings.

The moves come as the Statesman Journal’s parent company, Gannett, says it’s laying off about 2 percent of its workforce nationwide, as part of a cost-cutting move.

The Statesman may also be moving from its downtown Salem headquarters. The building that houses its newsroom sold in August for $2.6 million. The buyer is listed as a company called “News LLC” based in Keizer, Oregon.

Statesman Journal President Ryan Kedzierski did not respond to a request for comment.

But in a letter posted on the paper’s website Wednesday afternoon, Kedzierski acknowledged the building sale.

“We regret not letting you know sooner,” he wrote to readers. “Our plan was to tell you about our new home at the same time we told you about the building sale. That’s what you really want to know, right, where you will be able to find us, and when?

“Our mission, regardless of our address, will never change.  It is to be a watchdog for the community,” Kedzierski added.

Kedzierski says a new location for the Statesman Journal’s newsroom has not yet been secured, but that the paper anticipates moving to its new digs by the spring of 2017.

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