Updated at 12:43 p.m ET. There apparently was no big news, I've now been told.
Earlier: Publisher Craig Moon (left) has scheduled an all-hands meeting for 11 a.m. today -- but without revealing the agenda. Amid hundreds of recent layoffs at other newspapers, Moon's opaqueness two weeks ago has stirred speculation that the ax will soon fall at the nation's No. 1 circulation paper, too.
Since my metier is encouraging poisonous comments (inside joke, involving USAT's top editor), I'm convening the first-ever session of Gannett Blog University today. The class: live commenting on news events. Starting at 11 a.m., I'd like USA Today staff attending the meeting to report any news, in the comments section, below. (Note: I'll have online access only by iPhone until about 3 p.m. ET, so will have only limited ability to update this post.)
Some of my readers say USAT employees -- especially in editorial -- get what they deserve today: "The USA Today newsroom is soft and spoiled, plain and simple. That's why they don't question authority. They want to maintain their gym memberships, play on their ball fields and tennis courts (part of the Gannett/USAT complex), go home by 5 or 6 every night. They enjoy their views of the Ritz-Carlton from their terrace and their lattes made fresh on Corporate grounds. Many of them have forgotten what it's like to work at other Gannett papers. Some never did work in the smaller sweatshops so they have nothing to compare the glass palace with. Many USAT people still have it made compared to most folks at other Gannett properties. On some level, perhaps they know that, which is why they fall into line so easily."
Please post details from today's 11 a.m. staff meeting ASAP, in the comments section, below, after the meeting starts.
[Image: yesterday's USAT print edition, Newseum]