Now, I'm told, Goertzen has suddenly left the job.
[Updated at 11:47 a.m. ET. Feb. 16] On his Facebook page, Goertzen posted the following this morning:
He continues: "Unfortunately, this is how business is done now at USA Today. The short time I spent there was, by far, the best moment in my career. And I have no regrets. It gave me awareness of how much more I was able to achieve and grow in my profession. That I did not fit in their plans in the end is unfortunate, but that's business. I wish USA Today and Gannett Digital all the best and I thank the Lord for the opportunities he as blessed me with."
Also, designer and blogger Charles Apple has posted an extensive appreciation of Goertzen's work.