Alberta's Black Wednesday affected more than the Edmonton and Calgary Suns, including two weeklies that were shut down, TSF readers say.
Alberta's Jasper Booster and the Morinville/Redwater Town & Country Examiner were closed and there were layoffs at the Sherwood Park News, published Tuesdays and Fridays, and the daily Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
A TSF reader says the Town & Country Examiner, the "newly merged paper that arose out of the ashes of the Morinville Mirror and the Redwater Tribune," printed its last issue Wednesday.
Another source says 10 more Sun Media weeklies in Alberta will be scuttled by next week.
And the Edmonton and Calgary Suns were not alone in staff cuts Wednesday.
"The layoffs may have been more widespread than just Edmonton and Calgary," a source says. "I checked with an old friend and the twice-weekly Sherwood Park News had to lay off a reporter, Erin Pentlechuk, and Renee Lippa, advertising sales assistant.
"Not sure what the other weeklies or small dailies were facing today."
Another TSF reader says "four people were cut from the newsroom of the daily Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune," including the paper's lone staff photographer.
Also gone in Grande Prairie: An editorial assistant, a reporter for special publications, and Bill Scott, a copy editor "who has been with the paper since the 1960s and was once the managing editor before slowly easing into retirement."
The Herald-Tribune has lost six newsroom employees since Black Tuesday in December.