Updated at 5:59 p.m. ET, June 16: A reader writes: "According to a friend who still works at GNS, the closing rumor is just a rumor. However, they do have a hiring freeze and haven't been replacing staff who have left."
Earlier: Regarding the company's long-suffering news service, a reader says: "The reason Gannett Digital has listed all of those jobs is because they are going to close Gannett News Service and shift those people from that division into Gannett Digital. They have already started very quietly informing the employees."
GNS has lacked steady, long-term leadership for some time. After less than a year in the job, Editor Derek Osenenko quit in August 2007 for the top newsroom job at Ottaway Newspapers' Times Herald-Record in New York. His predecessor, Mark Silverman, held the job just a year before going to The Tennessean in Nashville. More recently, I've been told, News Department chief Phil Currie has been GNS' de facto leader.
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