Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Roll Call IV: Gannett has now laid off more than 300

This is the fourth in Gannett Blog's Roll Call series, where employees tally layoffs and other unannounced payroll cuts by the nation's No. 1 newspaper publisher: Gannett Co.

We've been here before: At least 2,200 jobs lost in December. Approximately 100 directors in September. And the first big one: 1,000, last August. Overall, Gannett employs 41,500 worldwide. (Employment by division.)

Updated: 4:44 p.m. ET
Now, from Alexandria, La., to Wilmington, Del., we say goodbye to more co-workers. Including 10 of 85 U.S. dailies, GCI subsidiaries have now eliminated at least 310 jobs in this round, which began near the end of the first quarter, at the St. Cloud Times.

Using the following format, please post your worksite's figures in the comments section, below. ??? indicates missing or incomplete information. Cities are newspaper sites.Note: Total employment is based on individual papers' Corporate pages; figures are often too high. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green rail, upper right.

35 comments:

  1. The News-Press in Fort Myers is quietly laying off support staff this week. I would guess a minimum of half a dozen

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  2. Pensacola News Journal just announced 84 layoffs in production.

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  3. Pensacola, Fla.: 84 of 285

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  4. Don't forget more and more employees are getting their pink slips as part of the continued finance consolidations into the two National Shared Service Centers

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  5. 2 in Morristown's advertising dept. earlier this week

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  6. the courier post is next.

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  7. 8 in the call center at the Indianapolis Star. Some of those folks collected ads, but with ad sales down, time to lay off.

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  8. If Gannett needs to find money to save to keep going, there is plenty of opportunity at the courier post as 5:18 PM suggests. I could blog a list of names but Jim would probably delete the post or just not allow it to appear. Most of the "opportunity" is outside of the news room and everyone knows it.

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  9. Do correct the Morristown figure - it was actually "3".

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  10. Jim, re:
    "which began near the end of the second quarter, at the St. Cloud Times"

    I think you meant first quarter, which would be March 31.

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  11. 9 more gone at Gannett property Planet Discover.

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  12. Is there any correlation between the papers who've been laying off and that small meeting of publishers last week?

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  13. Planet Discover was 9/55 = approximately a 16% cut.

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  14. Yes, positively it has to do with Pub meeting last week. They came back with marching orders, all the way to 1,023 they need to hit.

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  15. Tucson's so screwed that they're having to hire back some staffers. Can barely get the paper out.

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  16. Ok, Kool Aid drinking gannett employees — what do you have to say now? The scary thing is that you think your job is safe. I feel bad for you when reality finally sets in.
    I wish no one to lose their job but you need to take a hard look at reality and realize it's time to get your resume ready or take on another job to supplement your unemployment. You can make a limited amount a week without it being deducted from your unemployment check. I found with my additional job I can make the same or more than I'm making now. It's not a dream job but it will make ends meet. We ALL need to do this now before we are the next one to go.

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  17. Jim, the official number for Reno is 33, according to publisher and HR guy.

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  18. In Ithaca 6 people in ad services were let go because of the consolidation. There was also a guy in circulation who was let go. Both happened in March.

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  19. Planet Discover let go of 15 people this week

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  20. Jim nicknames his helmet Planet Discover.

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  21. We all know the VP's are in McLean this past week. The marching orders are more mgrs and dept heads will be bitting the dust. Publishers are to see which ones they can do without since many will be off 2 weeks this qtr.

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  22. Several Editors in Morristown were told yesterday they'e out on May 1 due to regional hub at APP. Think it might have been as many as 10.

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  23. Morristown - better add 4 more to that total.

    Total Count should be 7 and probably counting.

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  24. I hear there are many cuts looming throughout several Gannett papers in the next 60 days.

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  25. "the courier post is next."

    Did your mom have any functional kids?

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  26. So basically Poughkeepsie will lose positions to the Westchester hub, that seems unfair. Once again The Journal News of Westchester was shutout from Best of Gannett Awards, Gold Rings, etc ... Poughkeepsie picked up a Best of Gannett Award last week. Why does the great PoJo staff have to suffer to the hands of that Hell Hole in Westchester?

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  27. Pointroll is laying off about 30 people soon. There is a company-wide meeting tomorrow.

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  28. What part of 1,023 cuts did you not understand?

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  29. Is USA TODAY going to escape the latest cuts?

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  30. Gannett is demanding that Presidential Ring winners still with the company return their rings so that the gold can be melted, sold for $900/oz and the money returned to corporate to pay for the 2010 golf outing in New Zealand. Those no longer with the company have been asked to return the rings voluntarily or else their lifetime health benefits and consulting contracts will be terminated.

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  31. Towards the end of March, all 11 NBC affiliates had a portion of their engineering centralized to Jacksonville, FL. Where before there was often two broadcast engineers per shift at these stations (one doing air, and the other doing satellite and remote feeds), there is now only 1 or none. The one I'm familiar with, they lost five engineers (so multiply that by 11 stations).

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  32. I hear Barry Rothfeld will soon be named Publisher at Westchester - all is not lost.

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  33. Jimbo:

    Why don't you do some real reporting and put these layoffs in context? Do some comparisons with other companies. You could do media companies, auto companies and then pick 3-4 different industries yourself.

    These numbers are meaningless without context. Kind of like taking a photo of someone with honthing to give the photo perspective.

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  34. Hi I heard the other day they are now done with furlows. Thank GOD BUT are back to layoffs. Looks like they liked the stock pop and are cutting as much as they can and think about it later mentality.

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