Dickey's memo refers to a "staff reduction of approximately 10%." He doesn't say this is a payroll reduction, which Connell's remark implies. There are about 30,000 newspaper employees after recent layoffs, buyouts and other cuts -- leading to my estimate of about 3,000 jobs lost.
Now, if the 10% figure does apply to payroll, Gannett could reach that number with fewer job reductions by laying off mostly higher-paid employees. In other words: Got a six-figure or high five-figure paycheck? Watch out.
I asked Connell for clarification four hours ago. I'm not optimistic she'll respond, however, because she told Columbia Journalism Review last month that Corporate is boycotting Gannett Blog.
Other news coverage today
- The New York Times: "It appears to be the single largest example of the industry’s recent wave of downsizing."
- The Wall Street Journal (paid subscription usually required): "The publisher of USA Today and almost 90 other daily newspapers, including The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star and the Detroit Free Press, had announced in August that about 600 workers would be laid off as part of an effort to eliminate 1,000 positions. But in his Tuesday memo, Dickey told employees Gannett's 'fiscal crisis is worsening.'"
- MarketWatch: "So far this year, more than 12,000 job cuts have been announced in the newspaper industry."
- Editor & Publisher: "Gannett's newspaper division announced another round of layoffs due to the economic downturn."
- Reuters: "Calculating the exact number of people who will be cut in this latest round is hard, however. The division's headcount includes hundreds of workers at USA Today who will not be affected, spokeswoman Tara Connell said."
- Associated Press: "Gannett isn't revealing a specific number, but said all would be involuntary. Some 600 of the 1,000 cuts in the first round were achieved through layoffs."
[Image: today's Des Moines Register, Newseum. It is one of Gannett's 84 community newspapers facing a 10% job cut by early December]