Following is a note Executive Editor Tom Callinan sent to employees at The Cincinnati Enquirer about an hour ago. In it, Callinan confirms recent speculation that Gannett is on the verge of launching a nationwide network of newspaper page production hubs. Here's the full text of his note:
CCI NewsGate and represents a $15 [million] investment by the company.
Now that the announcement has been made (it has not been talked about much openly while the contract was being signed) there will be an open discussion about what that means to Cincinnati.
The biggest news is that we will be part of a regional design center approach that will see news content paginated in Louisville (there will be four other "hubs" -- Asbury Park, Nashville, Des Moines and Phoenix.)
The CCI NewsGate rollout will start in 2011 and the design centers will be set up over the next two years. We will find out where we fit in the schedule soon.
We'll meet in the conference room at 4:30 to start talking about how we will manage this.
But at this point the above is pretty much all I know.
Earlier: Are you familiar with CCI NewsGate? Plus: What were these $15M in Q1 digital acquisitions?
Callinan's note doesn't say whether any of the 81 U.S. community dailies are exempt from being paginated at these hubs. Do you know? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write jimhopkins[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the rail, upper right.