Updated at 6:56 p.m. PT: A reader says in a new comment, below: "'Low-level managers' is not really correct, at least not in the newsroom. Those who are called 'content managers' or 'platform managers' in the IC are included. In other words, the people who really put out the paper while the higher-ups work 9-5 and the editor keeps adding to the management layers. The buyout stinks, in terms of what is being offered."
Updated at 9:31 a.m PT: In an e-mail, a reader says: "The staff changes you mention today at the Republic are all low-level managers, 36 total, all buyouts."
Earlier: I've been getting e-mail and comments recently, describing whispers among employees about staffing changes afoot in Phoenix. What can you tell us? Please leave a note, in the comments section, below. From a non-work computer, use this link to e-mail your reply confidentially; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.
Reasons to be skittish
The Arizona Republic alone employs more than 2,600, making it one of Gannett's biggest worksites outside McLean, Va., home to Corporate and to USA Today. Plus, KPNX-TV in Phoenix employs another 200 or so. All those employees might have been able to hide from Chief Financial Officer Gracia Martore during flush times. But the once-booming Phoenix economy has cooled in the real estate slump. The Republic has become a drag on GCI's revenue and earnings -- along with newspapers in other similarly affected markets in California, Nevada and Florida.
In addition to the Republic and KPNX, there's something I believe called the Phoenix Operations Center. It occasionally handled our technology problems at USA Today's San Francisco Bureau. (Confidentially: I am so sorry about those times I called for help before first checking to see if my caps lock key was on.)
[Image: this morning's Republic, Newseum]