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Dow Jones & Co. on June 18 began a round of job cuts as part of a major reorganization that will see it shift resources to digital and core coverage areas. Initial cuts numbered a few dozen with more expected in the coming months. The Wall Street Journal reported that the company will concurrently beef up hiring in mobile offerings, interactive graphics and data-driven journalism. It will invest in areas that DJ executives perceive as core, such as economics and markets, while scaling back some global operations and other coverage areas. To that end, DJ said it will shutter its bureaus in Prague and Helsinki, and reduce staff in areas including its European and Asian bureaus. DJ’s small-business coverage group and New York-based economics teams are also being eliminated in favor of consolidated economics coverage in Washington, D.C. GateHouse Media LLC partnered with Garcia Media to redesign its more than 460 local media sites. The project marks one of the design firm’s largest to date, and GateHouse said it aims to launch the first sites in early 2016. The publisher is planning a cross-platform redesign to deliver a more modern and interactive experience and better reach the publisher’s increasing mobile audience. The redesign also seeks to provide advertisers with new and more innovative and effective presentation options, GateHouse said. Morris Publishing Group's printing division, Morris Printing Services, partnered with ProImage NewsWay for workflow software that will span all of its printing facilities. ProImage will replace all local systems at all four Morris sites and centralize edition planning, RIPing, imposition, ink presetting, ink optimization and output management. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) will function as the main hub and will house the Windows servers. Steve Rossi, currently chief operating officer of Digital First Media, was named CEO of the company, succeeding John Paton, who retired on June 30. Rossi served as COO of Denver-based MediaNews Group, which was later merged into DFM. Rossi has also served as executive vice president of DFM and president and chief executive of its California Newspapers Partnership. The State of Oregon reached a $3-million settlement agreement that protects consumers from unauthorized subscription-renewal scams. State Attorneys General also filed similar lawsuits in New York, Texas, Missouri and Minnesota, against a total of 19 companies, primarily based in Oregon. The lawsuits allege that the companies sent misleading renewal notices to subscribers. The Newspaper Association of America reported that, as part of the settlement, the enterprise will permanently stop engaging in the newspaper and magazine subscription business and will pay up to $500,000 in restitution to Oregon consumers.