There's a sort of parallel version of this blog -- one that exists behind the scenes, comprising back-channel communications with insiders who help drive Gannett Blog's public content. It is raw corporate politics at its finest: alliances and grudge matches played out between current and former employees in occasionally acid e-mails I receive, and often-anonymous comments you see at the bottom of posts. It's tricky to navigate. I do my best to smoke out any agendas people have in sharing information with me -- the same reality check any journalist does in trying to assess why a source is leaking information. Still, Gannett has 33,000 often-gossipy employees, and that includes enough people at Corporate and at the local operating level to make things very interesting.
- San Francisco is my base, but that doesn't mean I'm there at any one time.
- Freedom Forum consultant John Quinn and my mother have been acquainted since 1960, through their former shared employment at The Providence (R.I.) Journal.
- Several senior executives join me in tracing their employment to the now-shuttered Arkansas Gazette, in Little Rock, where I was business-news editor and a reporter from 1987-91.