Thursday, July 2, 2009

Scratch That: Gannett Layoffs May Reach 1,400

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 6:22 AM

We reported the other day that the former USA Today editor and author of Gannett Blog had a source that claimed some 4,500 layoffs were coming soon to Gannett, owner of The Tennessean.

Well, today we have confirmation and, thankfully, it's less than that. But it still sucks: 1,400 layoffs throughout the company by July 9. There's no telling how many, if any, will get axed at our local Gannett daily. The newspaper industry is in the tank all over the country, and the email from Gannett division president Bob Dickey talks about taking the local economy of each market into account. It seems like Tennessee papers have been insulated from the brunt of the recession, at least when compared to markets like South Florida.

Anyway, the email is full of bullshit corporate double-talk -- like those who are losing their jobs are "impacted." To say nothing about the reporters who remain. They will, undoubtedly, face the 'do more with less and with the same pay' experience that nearly every reporter in the country knows all too well.

Update: The Tennessean to cut 35 jobs this month, according to the Nashville Post.

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