Illinois newspaper editor resigns to spare layoffs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ capital-city newspaper, a 188-year-old institution tied intimately to Abraham Lincoln, is without a news chief after its editor resigned in hopes of sparing more layoffs, according to a staff writer.

Angie Muhs served notice of her resignation on Friday from The State Journal-Register in Springfield, owned by one of the nation’s largest publishers, GateHouse Media.

When the newspaper’s general manager escorted Muhs from the building on Monday, the newsroom emptied as editorial employees accompanied her “as a show of respect and support,” staff writer Dean Olsen said.

Newspaper circulation in the United States (US) has declined every year for three decades, while advertising revenue has nosedived since 2006, according to the Pew Research Center.

In the face of those economic challenges, many newsrooms have shrunk, through layoffs and attrition.

Executive Editor of The State Journal-Register Angie Muhs. – AP