Publisher Laura Hollingsworth told a late-afternoon staff meeting that The Des Moines Register had laid off four employees, and delivered a message now familiar to many across Gannett: The economy is still weak, advertising is still soft, and changes are afoot.
"She was asked about furloughs,'' a reader tells me, "and said she did not know."
With perhaps 550-600 employees, the Register is one of GCI's biggest worksites, yet the status of any job cuts there during the current round of company-wide job reductions had not been reported until now. The paper is part of GCI's West Group of dailies, where some sites have missed revenue targets in recent months.
GCI launched the latest reductions last Wednesday. Today, readers have reported employees received notices at the Register, the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore.; the Tallahassee Democrat; The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., plus New Jersey's Daily Journal in Vineland and the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill.