After Robert Annis lost his long-time job at The Indianapolis Star in Gannett's June layoff of 700 newspaper employees nationwide, he started reporting via Twitter on his own search for another job.
So far his efforts have yielded several interviews, but no offers. Last month, using the @Zipp_USA Twitter handle of his prospective employer, a bike accessory company, Annis updated his 1,700 followers on his progress.
After a second interview at the company, which he thought went well, it took a week to get the bad news. "Didn't get the @Zipp_USA job,'' he tweeted Sept. 7.
Annis, 38, didn't expect to be laid off. "I was just in shell shock,'' he told Delaney. "I was one of the most productive reporters they had. I never thought I'd be one of the ones that was let go."
Earlier: In one of Gannett Blog's most-discussed posts, laid-off N.J. sports editor sends message to Gannett in his final column -- and it somehow gets into print.
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