[Hunke, Ellwood, Payne]
Publisher Dave Hunke leads a quarterly staff meeting tomorrow, an occasion where he and other senior executives are scheduled to give an overview of plans for the year's second half.
The session comes nearly a year after Hunke announced an Aug. 26 reorganization to shore up advertising revenue and readership at Gannett's leading daily. Some Gannett Bloggers have expressed doubts about the plan, and a recent GCI regulatory filing suggested that advertising gains have been uneven at best.
Tomorrow's meeting also brings what I believe will be the first company-wide appearance of Susie Ellwood, the former Detroit publishing CEO promoted to USAT's No. 2 executive in June. Also taking center stage will be GCI's chief digital officer, David Payne, who is to discuss plans for a total revamp of USAT's website. And: Sandra Micek, hired as the paper's marketing chief, also in June; her term has already been controversial because of the recent forced departure of Ed Cassidy, a marketing executive popular among staffers.
Publisher's updates are rarely occasions for candid discussion. Staffers worry they'll be punished for openly challenging management. With this post, I'm encouraging readers to nominate questions they'd like answered tomorrow. They might include:
1. Will there be layoffs or other job cuts in the immediate future?
Please post your questions in the comments section, below. USAT Watch is an occasional progress report on a high-profile reorganization launched in August 2010 to boost advertising and readership at Gannett's struggling marquee daily.