El Paso Times newspaper to print in Juárez | Local News


The daily El Paso Times circulation peaked in the early 1990s at around 103,000 copies.

Today it is less than 14,000, and the newspaper that began in 1881 moved its printing operations to Juárez to save itself from the fate of many dailies in the United States. From next month it will be printed at the El Diario de Juárez newspaper factory. .

The El Paso Times newsroom is located in smaller premises at 500 W. Overland and will continue to operate there.

The slow decline in circulation of The El Paso Times and the corresponding loss of editors, reporters, photographers and editors is the story of today’s American dailies.

When asked if this move would secure the newspaper’s future for at least some time, Times executive and regional editor Tim Archuleta provided a company statement that read: “Our commitment is to preserve the future of local journalism and empowering communities “.

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As to when the publication transfer will take place, he replied, “The last issue printed at our facilities will be October 4, for the October 5 issue to be released.”

Production workers learned on September 9 that they were laid off and would receive help finding new jobs from Gannett, the newspaper giant that publishes USA Today and more than 100 local newspapers, including The Times. .

“These employees made important contributions to the El Paso Times, particularly at major news events where our community relied on us to provide significant media coverage,” Archuleta said.

Daily transport of El Paso Times newspapers across the border will not affect newsroom delays for journalists or delivery times of the newspaper to job sites each morning in El Paso, he said.

But Friday night’s high school football scores still won’t arrive until Sunday.

Archuleta, 55, was from Corpus Christi Caller-Times where he was editor in 2019.

He now oversees El Paso Times, Gannett’s Las Cruces Sun-News and three other small but long-standing newspapers in New Mexico: The Alamogordo Daily News, Carlsbad Current-Argus, and the Deming Headlight.

The scattering of newspaper editors is also a sign of what is happening in newspapers today.

Archuleta declined a telephone interview to answer further questions.

The Times Press Building occupies the back of what used to be all of the newspaper’s operations until the city bought the Times office building at 300 N. Campbell. The city acquired it in 2012 to replace the 10-story town hall building it demolished to make way for a downtown baseball stadium.

Timetable for El Paso in Juárez

The El Paso Times press and loading docks are still operating behind City Hall, but not for long.

City documents show that the sale price of the 87,126 square foot newspaper building that was expanded in 1991 was $ 12.25 million and paid for by the sale of bond certificates.

Now the question is whether the city will acquire the two-story Times press building which is still attached to City Hall.

While it seems inevitable, no one at City Hall is openly talking about buying or pricing a building on the $ 164,257 tax roll, which doesn’t include the massive press that occupies the sub -ground and the first floor of the two-story building.

A city official said: “They approached us a few months ago, but it was like, ‘We’re not going to move for, like, five years.

“So the news came out that they were moving to Juárez. It was during the executive board session last week, so we just found out.

“We’re not even at a point where there’s been a question as to how much it’s going to cost. Do we have the money? Do we want to do this? This decision was not taken by the city council. It all happened so fast, and we found out when everyone found out.

City spokesperson Laura Cruz-Acosta gave the city’s official position: “At this point there is no information to share.

The El Paso Central Assessment District has three property records associated with The Times. The press building and offices at 401 Mills are valued at $ 4.6 million for tax purposes.

The founder and former publisher of El Paso Inc., Tom Fenton, was editor and publisher of The Times from 1986 to 1993 – before founding Inc. He said Gannett’s decision to move printing operations to the Times and the company’s newspapers in New Mexico were a surprise to just about everyone.

“The only thing that makes sense to me is that Gannett is grappling with massive debt, and this represents an opportunity to get some cash out quickly,” Fenton said. “They could print in Phoenix, and that would probably still be profitable.

“But printing in Juárez is a much more profitable scenario. Staff and paper are the biggest cost items in newspaper production, so paying Mexican labor rates would save a lot of money.

In addition to not having to pay American salaries for press men, The Times will also remove the costs of workers’ compensation, health insurance, social security and taxes.

As for selling and removing the press from the newspaper, which cost around $ 30 million when it was new in the early 1990s, it probably won’t be easy, said Linus Williams, CEO of Stigler Printing at Stigler, Oklahoma, which followed the auctions.

“I would be challenged to really give you a sense of the value of this press,” said Williams. “We are living in a period in our industry where these closures are not uncommon.

“Newspaper presses keep shutting down and I see auction notices all the time, as well as brokers trying to sell presses. I sometimes hear that overseas there is a big press shipped to India or somewhere like that.

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