Good news/bad news on the jobs front

fayettBAD…. I’m getting multiple reports of layoffs at the family-owned Fayetteville (NC) Observer. Those dismissed include an editorial writer, a copy editor, a graphic designer, an online sportswriter, and staffers from the IT and production departments. One tipster says 16 people were laid off, including ten seven in the newsroom, which now has 51 staffers.

The Observer’s executive editor wrote about changes at the paper yesterday – “changes [that] are driven by two things – shifts in our market and our continuing effort to maintain the biggest and best reporting team in southeastern North Carolina.” | Update: Here’s the Observer’s story.

Meanwhile in St. Louis, Post-Dispatch staffers are expecting more buyouts and layoffs. Six ad department employees were dismissed last week.

MORE BAD: A Romenesko reader reports: “Today Gatehouse media held meetings at all of the newspapers in its recently purchased Halifax Media chain, at the same time this afternoon, and told designers their jobs were all moving to its design center in Austin, Texas. This probably affects hundreds of people.” UPDATE: “False,” writes another reader. “Some papers’ desks are being moved to Austin, but not all. Some papers found out they were being moved, but this didn’t include every paper in the recent Halifax acquisition.”

GOOD… Greg David, who runs the business journalism program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, reports that 17 of his 20 former students who graduated in December have found jobs, and that eight are making $55,000 or more. The average salary is $47,000. Employers include Bloomberg News, NerdWallet, American Banker, and Ad Age.