Media Moves

12 staff to be laid off at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

July 2, 2020

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

A dozen employees at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser will be losing their jobs instead of the expected 29, reports Poynter.

On June 29, Hawaii’s biggest newspaper reported:

“A total of 12 journalists represented by the Pacific Media Workers Guild have agreed to be laid off, and the remainder will take unpaid furloughs totaling six weeks each between now and Feb. 28, the end of the fiscal year. The agreement retains most of the 29 reporters, photographers, page designers, copy editors, online staff and others who received layoff notices on June 11.”

After news of the layoffs surfaced, four former governors appealed to the newspaper to secure those jobs. Christina Jedra reported for Civil Beat:

“As former governors, we know how much democracy depends on a free press. Please support them so that Honolulu’s only daily newspaper can weather this economic crisis and come back strong. We cannot afford to lose it.”

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