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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.

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