The Arizona Republic delayed any layoffs during the recent round of 1,000 Gannett newspaper job cuts, because the big Phoenix newspaper still had buyout offers on the table. Now, in a memo, top Republic editor Randy Lovely (left) says 27 newsroom employees are leaving -- presumably, all in buyouts or traditional retirements. "These individuals have worked tirelessly to provide our readers with a top-notch daily news report,'' he said. "I am enormously grateful for their efforts."
What about other departments at the Republic, which Corporate says employs as many as 2,700? The paper's deteriorating financial situation suggests it was due for big overall job cuts. The Republic is likely the biggest individual workplace within Gannett, which employs about 46,000. Yet, the Phoenix paper has been hit hard over the past 12 months by real estate-related advertising losses. Indeed, Arizona is one of four states (the others are California, Nevada and Florida) where a housing bust has contributed substantially to Gannett's monthly revenue declines, and that big second-quarter earnings dive.
Some 35 Republic pressroom employees were laid off earlier this month, after being denied buyouts extended to the newsroom in July. Combined with the 27 just-announced newsroom losses, that totals 62 jobs paper-wide. Is that the Republic's final count?
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[Image: today's Republic front page, Newseum]