The Wichita Eagle said Monday it will move printing and packaging of its daily newspaper to The Kansas City Star in late May, a transfer that will eliminate the jobs of 74 full- and part-time workers.
Both publications are owned by the McClatchy Co. The Star already prints other Kansas newspapers, including the Lawrence Journal-World and Topeka Capital-Journal.
The Eagle also said it will look for a buyer for its offices and seek other space in downtown Wichita. It announced the changes as part of its effort to adapt to a digital market and said it would free up resources for the digital transformation.
“As our digital readership continues to sharply increase, we’ve made an important yet difficult decision to move our press and mail room operations to our sister newspaper in Kansas City,” publisher Roy Heatherly said in a statement.
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Heatherly also said the company would continue to produce “a high quality newspaper to our loyal print-edition readers,” even as it focuses on its digital audience.
The Eagle said it gave notice to two unions representing the employees who would be losing jobs.