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Evening newspaper to fold at end of year

Shanghai Evening Post will cease publication from January 1 in the first reform move following the merger of the city’s two leading press groups earlier this year.

The paper, founded in 1999, clashed with the 84-year-old Xinmin Evening News, one of the three major newspapers in the city, and was running in losses, an insider from the new Shanghai United Media Group was quoted as saying by Shanghai Securities News.

The announcement for the closure was made on Monday as the SUMG presses ahead with reform plans and centralizes its resources.

Other SUMG publications — Jiefang Daily, Wenhui Daily, Xinmin Evening News and Shanghai Morning Post — will offer about 140 positions for the 200-odd staff of the Evening Post who will have to compete for them in January, according to a staff member of the paper who declined to be named.

“It was my first job after graduation. I worked for the paper for four years, burning my passion and youth, thank you for teaching me a lot. Even if all of them forget you (the newspaper), you will be alive in my memory,” a business reporter surnamed Wang wrote on her WeChat account.

Another reporter, who also preferred to be anonymous, said she had started looking for other opportunities two months ago when it became clear that the paper will shut within a year after the SUMG was set up.

“But I did not expect it to happen so suddenly. I will vie for the posts in the other publications next month,” she said. “I don’t want to leave even though it is said to be the chilliest time for newspapers, because I love journalism,” she said.



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