(8-11-18) – Last year the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel announced it would stop newspaper production for an all-digital product, the paper laid off seven of their last eight staff members on Friday.

Ogden Newspapers, who currently is the owner, say the News-Sentinel would maintain their online presence and will use only freelance writers and occasional editorial content will be available as in the past.

Tom Davis, a current reporter and former sports editor for the newspaper told WANE TV after the announcement:

“I’m devastated in a number of ways and I’m frustrated because our online traffic numbers were actually really good given our circumstances. I have three kids I’m trying to put through college. So anytime you lose your financial position it’s scary, but that’s the nature of the media industry particularly at newspapers and websites.”

According to several sources, laid off workers were given severance packages and continued healthcare coverage.

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History of the News-Sentinel…

  • The News-Sentinel first started publications in 1833, when The Sentinel was established as a weekly paper. In 1918, The Sentinel merged with another local paper, The Fort Wayne Daily News, to form The News-Sentinel.
  • On August 24, 2017, it was announced that the News-Sentinel would cease daily production of a physical print edition, with a focus on digital content. The morning delivery Fort Wayne paper, The Journal Gazette, will carry some articles using The News-Sentinel content in its daily printed morning delivery. The two papers have a contract with each other that dates back to 1950, and runs through 2075