Johnson Newspapers shuttering Ogdensburg & Canton papers, cutting jobs
Johnson Newspapers will cease publication of their Ogdensburg and Canton newspapers, and are reducing the number of days they print their flagship newspaper, the Watertown Daily Times.
In a story posted Thursday, Johnson revealed their St. Lawrence Plaindealer and Ogdensburg Journal are closing because they didn't have enough advertisers or subscribers to keep going.They said "readers in those communities had already chosen the Watertown Daily Times as their source for news and information."
"The company will instead focus on the Watertown Daily Times, the Courier Observer in Massena and Potsdam, the Lowville Journal and on one weekly newspaper in Oswego County," Johnson's article says, adding that those communities will still receive the Watertown Daily Times.
They are also firing some people as the print editions close down.
“As a part of the restructuring the company has also been required to eliminate positions that were focused solely on the print editions of the newspaper,” the story says.
In addition to the closures, Johnson will no longer print the Watertown Times on Monday. The print edition will be published Tuesday through Sunday.
Johnson's also announced launching a new NNY360 website, which they say "will have more content that previously was spread over several websites."