Friday, July 10, 2009

Gannett Layoffs

Tracking reports of layoffs at Gannett yesterday since I haven't seen a good roundup. Will update.

From Facebook:
Jim Brown Yesterday, the Indianapolis Star lost 37 people. My best wishes to all in finding new opportunities in your lives. Coverage of the Indianapolis area will diminish. We will miss you all.

Daniel Hunt still here, think I'm safe. they pushed out Roddy, shorti and Mary hager too. this is a very black Thursday. (News Journal, Delaware).

Cincinnati Enquirer eliminates 101 positions at print and online news outlets
CINCINNATI (AP) — Enquirer Media in Cincinnati, which includes The Cincinnati Enquirer in print and online and other publications, has eliminated 101 positions.
Publisher Margaret Buchanan said in an open letter to readers Friday that the cutbacks were part of a companywide tightening of the work force by the parent Gannett Co., which publishes USA Today and 85 other daily newspapers.

Press-Gazette announces staff cuts

Press-Gazette • July 10, 2009
The elimination of 19 jobs at the Green Bay Press-Gazette and its associated weekly publications was announced Thursday by the newspaper.

The jobs were in departments throughout the operation, from news and production to advertising and clerical support.

LSJ Media laying off 26 workers

Most departments affected by cuts; hours also reduced for 2
LSJ Media is in the process of laying off 26 employees.
Most cuts should be completed this week.
The layoffs affected nearly every department at LSJ Media, which publishes the Lansing State Journal, Lansing Community Newspaper weeklies, specialty publications and Web sites.

Courier-Journal to lay off 44 more employees
(WHAS11) - More layoffs and early retirements came to the state's largest newspaper Thursday. Several sources at the Courier-Journal tell WHAS11 that 44 employees in many different departments, including a handful in the news division, are being cut.

Tennessean follows through on job cuts
Longtime newsroom employees among those notified of termination
[Updated with total number affected and more names]

The Tennessean today has eliminated the jobs of six editorial employees and 25 other staffers. Bob Faricy, vice president of market development for the newspaper, confirmed the numbers late this afternoon.

Newsroom sources say that among the journalists losing their jobs are several who have worked for the paper for more than 15 years.

The cuts follow the announcement last week that up to 35 positions would soon be cut and that 25 currently open positions would go unfilled. The reductions are part of system-wide cost-cutting efforts by parent Gannett Co., the nation's largest newspaper chain.

Attempts to reach a spokesman for the paper have so far been unsuccessful, but it is known that the following newsroom staffers are departing:

* Ricky Rogers, a photographer and photo editor who has been with the paper since 1978.
* Bill Greer, daytime copy chief, who has been a copy editor at The Tennessean for at least 17 years.
* Drew White, who has been in the graphics department since at least the early 1990s.
* Aldrin Brown, college sports editor.
* Kevin Paulk, assistant news editor.
* Janet Shouse, a copy editor who has been at the paper since the 1970s.

Also losing her job was a woman who had worked in the mailroom for 35 years.

From Charles Apple: Laid off in Rochester: copy desk chief Jann Nyffeler

Yet another stunningly boneheaded move by someone: Jann Nyffeler is out at the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat & Chronicle. She’s just one of more than 1,200 layoffs made this week by Gannett.


Jann posted to her Facebook page Thursday evening:

Jann Nyffeler is unemployed. They got me, guys.

Jann has been in Rochester nine years. Her title recently has been “Lead Conversion Editor,” but it’s still chief of what you’d call the copy desk.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Jann spent eight years as a copy editor at the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. She became team leader for the copy desk of the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle in 1996 and then moved to the Dallas Morning News in 1999.

She doesn’t blog often these days, but when she does, she posts here.

More at Gannett Blog

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