Demise of the Syracuse Post-Standard

The Syracuse Post-Standard Monday announced a reorganization into two new digital entities resulting in the layoff of 115 employees and reduction of delivery to only three days a week. Formerly the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com, the reorganization will result in two new companies: the Syracuse Media Group and its partner company called Advance Central Services Syracuse. A news release on Syracuse.com said:
The print and web operations will combine to form two new companies that will launch Feb. 1. The Syracuse Media Group will focus on news, advertising and marketing. Advance Central Services Syracuse will provide various support services to the Media Group such as production, circulation, information systems, accounting and human resources.
I'm not sure what to think of this news, but I am inclined to think it is not good. When I lived in Syracuse, I was a frequent reader of the paper and found it to be an excellent local paper. Since then, I depend on Syracuse.com for the latest information on Syracuse University sports and like to keep in touch with what is going on in Central New York. I think it is really a shame that this "reorganization" seems to be a buzz word for cuts and downsizing.

On one hand, it makes sense to put additional focus on online media as that is really the future of newspapers, however, it appears that these cuts are going to impact reporters and coverage. Additionally, reduction of daily delivery seems premature, as there are still many consumers, particularly older readers, who rely on the traditional print media.

 Specifically, nunesmagician.com is reporting that two Syracuse football beat writers, Dave Rahme and Nolan Widener, are part of the layoffs. This is baffling to me as I believe there are many online readers of the syracuse.com sports content because of the national brand of SU Athletics. I hope that there are similar cuts to reporters in other areas.