Dallas Morning News shuts down Neighborsgo and FD, cuts 19 jobs
Dallas, TX - The Dallas Morning News is shutting down its Neighborsgo sections and FD magazines, publisher and CEO Jim Moroney announced Friday morning.
The final issue of Neighborsgo appeared Friday. FD’s February issue – which publishes Jan. 31 – will be its last. No more issues of the related FD House magazine are planned.
“I’d like to thank the staffs of both publications for their service,” Moroney said in an email to employees. “I’m proud of the work they have done telling stories about community life and luxury life in North Texas. There is no pretending that this isn’t a loss to us and to our readers.”
Neighborsgo, which debuted in 2007, appeared Fridays in selected cities and neighborhoods for those who received The News at home. Staffers in the seven sections covered community news from Lewisville to McKinney to southwest Dallas County. They edited reader-submitted news and photos.
The staffers also reported on stories from the community, like the series of stories on the deadly tornadoes after Christmas. And they also created a project to measure the transparency of local governments.
The News will continue to cover communities in North Texas as part of a new team of local reporters being formed as part of a newsroom reorganization.
FD focused on the Dallas area’s luxury market, including fashion, décor, architecture, art and people. The glossy, stand-alone magazine evolved from the News’ Fashion!Dallas section created in 1978. The award-winning publication’s coverage last year included features on the history of Dallas’ famed NorthPark Center for its 50th anniversary.
Thirteen Neighborsgo jobs were cut, and six FD positions were eliminated. Some employees could return in different roles.
The News is currently undergoing a newsroom reorganization, and some departing Neighborsgo and FD staffers had applied for new positions. News editor Mike Wilson praised the journalists and their strong work.
“The Neighborso team covered our communities energetically and with an appreciation for what made each one special,” he said to the News staff via email. “The staff’s outstanding reporting on access to public records has been entered in prize competitions this year.”
About FD, he said that “some high-end magazines are little more than shopping catalogs for the Platinum card crowd, but FD had the skill and daring to go deep without sacrificing its unique voice or independence.”
Details about the profitability of the community newspaper section and the luxury lifestyle publications were not released Friday. But Moroney mentioned the newspaper industry’s ongoing financial troubles.
“It remains a challenging time for our industry,” he said in the email “We must focus on the parts of our business that can make a material financial contribution to our success. The unfortunate reality is that Neighborsgo and FD have struggled financially for some time, and we have not been able to make them consistently and meaningfully profitable.”
The number of full-time journalists working at U.S. daily newspapers dropped by about 10 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the American Society of News Editors. Staffing at those daily newspapers has dropped by 42 percent since its peak in 1990. An undisclosed number of other non-newsroom jobs were also eliminated Friday. Those people also are eligible to apply for other open positions.
Source: Dallas Morning News