The Review-Journal today reported that Jim Hopson will become the interim publisher of the paper but only for a few months.
The story reports he also was interim publisher at other newspapers — News-Journal of Daytona Beach, Fla; the Press of Atlantic City, and the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette.
In April 2013, the Press of Atlantic City laid off 26 employees and eliminated 13 vacant positions, according to a memo from Publisher Jim Hopson, to reduce the paper’s costs and improve its financial performance in preparation for the newspaper’s sale.
Upon taking over as publisher of the Worcester paper in June 2014 Hopson reportedly said “most employees” will retain their jobs — but not all. Industry sources told Worcester Magazine at the time the company likely would cut between 15 and 20 positions. By November there were 28 layoffs.
In 2010, Hopson was interim publisher of the Daytona Beach paper when it cut 48 employees. With that cut, the paper’s staff had been cut in half over just a couple of years.