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A letter from staff to subscribers beseeches them to contact those who can help spare the 100-year-old newspaper's sports, photo, arts and entertainment departments from elimination.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram newspaper, which also covers Seal Beach, Artesia and, Cerritos, circulated a letter Sunday to its subscribers asking that they fight to stop the closing of the photo, arts and entertainment and sports departments.

"Al Rudis, our sole remaining features writer to cover all the region’s arts and entertainment issues, has been told his position has been eliminated and that the Breeze’s features staff, a department of two people, will now cover the South Bay and Long Beach and its surrounding communities," reads the email, sent by the Southern California Media Guild

"At least one photographer and one sports writer will be laid off as well," reads the email.

The organization asks the public to go to the advocacy group's, Save The Press-Telegram Facebook page and press the "Like" button.

The group will also be at the Long Beach City Council meeting Tuesday.

"You can also write or call our editors and ask them to keep our staff here. Reach Publisher Linda Lindus at linda.lindus@dailybreeze.com or (562) 499-1422 and Executive Editor Sue Schmitt at sue.schmitt@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1242,

 

The complete letter is reprinted below:

Dear reader, 


Your local newspaper is under attack again.
 
The Press-Telegram, which has served the Greater Long Beach area for more than 100 years, is going to lose its entire Photo, Sports and Arts & Entertainment departments at the end of this month.

As of June 30, all of the newspaper’s photographers and sports writers will be moved to the Daily Breeze in Torrance. 

At least one photographer and one sports writer will be laid off as well. No local photographers, sports writers and arts and entertainment writers means far less coverage of issues important to our readers and crucial for our community.

This move will not only drastically affect our ability to respond to breaking news it will also cut into the number of scheduled events -- from high school sports to the symphony -- that can be covered given the logistics.

That also means less time for good news stories and features about the latest community offerings for youth, seniors, singles and families. If you care about your local paper and your community please take the time to let those in charge know the city of Long Beach and its surrounding communities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Norwalk, Paramount and Seal Beach deserve a real newspaper with its own staff, a staff that has served this area for generations and knows its history.

\You can help by liking our Facebook page, Save the Press-Telegram, and sharing it with those you know.
 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-the-Press-Telegram/175974809127370 You can also write or call our editors and ask them to keep our staff here. Reach Publisher Linda Lindus at linda.lindus@dailybreeze.com or (562) 499-1422 and Executive Editor Sue Schmitt at sue.schmitt@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1242   Join us at Long Beach City Council on Tuesday evening.

Nancy Wride June 06, 2011 at 05:23 AM
This photo, by the way, is of the former newspaper office on Pine Avenue, which was sold for what may be condos that were to have some affordable housing, and the newsroom moved to a floor in the Arco Towers, a bit over three years ago.
Angel Garcia June 06, 2011 at 05:37 AM
I spent time at the Press-Telegram as their "Internet Guy" and I have to say that it is a shame that the staff is getting cut further and further. While I am a person who gets all of their news online I know there still is a group of residents who like to have an actual print product in their hand and it's a shame to see their readers not get the local coverage they deserve.
Michael Brown June 06, 2011 at 02:16 PM
If this happens this will definitely leave a huge void in a huge market. Long Beach has one of the west coast biggest ports, dozens of trade and business conferences along the venues on Ocean Blvd. and its the nation's most diverse city. A skeleton crew of reporters and photographers can't possibly cover all of that ground. The PT's already razor thin in terms of content. If they keep moving in this direction, it'll be a one-page newsletter soon. Hopefully this decision is reversed.
twf June 06, 2011 at 04:21 PM
The Press-Telegram will lose many subscribers if they eliminate the intimate local coverage and community feeling that readers are accustomed to. Why should we subscribe to a "local" Long Beach paper if covered events are not Long Beach centered? What a shame.
Nancy Woo June 07, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Relevant to this topic, I think Page One: Inside the New York Times, a documentary about the changing nature of journalism, might be very good. Comes out July 1st. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1787777/

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