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Hartford Courant to outsource newspaper’s printing

October 19, 2020 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After more than 250 years of publication in Connecticut’s capital, The Hartford Courant is moving the printing of the newspaper to Springfield, Massachusetts, the company announced Monday.

The outsourcing will eliminate 151 jobs at the Courant’s plant in Hartford, the newspaper reported. The Springfield Republican newspaper will take over printing of the paper by the year’s end.

The move from Hartford will not affect distribution of the paper, which began as a newsweekly on Oct. 29, 1764.

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“The Courant remains committed to its mission of telling the stories of the people of Connecticut,” said Andrew Julien, the Courant’s publisher and editor-in-chief. “We are not in any way changing the mission of the paper.”

According to a history published by the Courant in 2014, the newspaper had been printed on its own presses with only two exceptions: in 1936 when the New Britain Herald published the Courant during a flood and in 1955 during another flood when The Courant’s rival The Hartford Times printed the paper.

The Courant is owned by the Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co., which also publishes the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and other daily papers.