WILKES-BARRE — At least three people, including a longtime editor, will be jobless amid changes at the Citizens’ Voice and Standard-Speaker newspapers, sources have confirmed.
In the Citizens’ Voice newsroom, the casualties are a night/weekend reporter hired earlier this year and a staff position with entertainment publication JumpStart!, sources told the Times Leader.
Meanwhile, the Standard-Speaker has lost its managing editor, and the Hazleton-based newspaper will be managed jointly with The Republican-Herald in Pottsville, according to a recent report in the Standard-Speaker.
All three papers are publications of Scranton-based Times-Shamrock Communications. A message left for Times-Shamrock Executive Editor Larry Holeva was not returned on Tuesday.
At the Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, the new reporter has already left the paper, the sources said, while the JumpStart! staffer will be leaving within the coming weeks.
Efforts to reach those employees through social media channels were not immediately successful.
In Hazleton, the moves displaced Managing Editor Mark Katchur, who was named managing editor of the paper in March 2013. Katchur, the fourth person to hold that title, had 16 years of journalism experience at the time of his promotion, a contemporary report stated.
Efforts to reach Katchur via social media were not immediately successful.
An Aug. 23 story in the Standard-Speaker indicated that Peter F. Banko, managing editor of The Republican-Herald since 2005, will oversee the two papers’ news operations.
It also said the move was aimed at promoting efficiencies through greater content sharing between the publications, which are about 30 miles apart.