Post-Tribune closes doors in Merrillville

2013-03-28T17:00:00Z 2013-03-28T17:10:05Z Post-Tribune closes doors in MerrillvilleTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 28, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | The Post-Tribune's newsroom and advertising offices in Northwest Indiana are now closed, according to a notice posted on the building's door.

"This office of the Post-Tribune only closed effective Wednesday, March 27, 2013," reads a sign on the door at the offices at 1433 E. 83rd Ave. Another business is currently housed in part of the building.

Closures of 39 other suburban newsrooms within the Post-Tribune's parent company, Sun-Times Media Group, were scheduled to take place by month's end as well.

The move follows a notice of planned layoffs filed with the state of Illinois in January regarding the Sun-Times Media Group.

Published reports indicate a host of longtime suburban editors, including Post-Tribune executive editor Paulette Haddix, were laid off March 15.

Haddix was affiliated with The Post Tribune during her 40-year career.

In a memo to employees in December, Sun-Times Media Group Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk said all suburban newsroom would be closed, editors would be transferred to the Chicago headquarters and reporters would work from home.

The Post-Tribune, which has operated in the region for 105 years, transferred all of its printing from its former headquarters on Broadway in Gary to the Chicago Sun-Times Media Group plant in 2008. The printing now takes place at the Chicago Tribune Media Group's Chicago plant.

Sun-Times Media Group executives have credited the company's new "digital-first" strategy for the moves.

Kirk could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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