A reader whose name I do not recognize forwarded the following memo, which appears to have been sent to employees of Gannett's 10-paper Newspaper Network of Central Ohio. It's signed by Linda Greiwe (below), publisher of The Advocate in Newark, and president of the NNCO division. Due to its length, I'm only publishing portions.
The memo describes a plan to consolidate all of the papers' newsrooms under a single editor, "to better foster the sharing of content, including work from a new NNCO enterprise reporting team, and provide local sites with complete support for print and online production work. This means all print pages will be built at larger copy desks in Newark and Mansfield, where online content also will be managed."
The memo continues: "A key aspect of this plan is the formation of an enterprise and data reporting team of two people based in Newark. Their job is to write in-depth daily and project stories on issues that impact as many NNCO markets as possible. Their efforts, in concert with local sites, will enable us to produce more hard-hitting news key to attracting and keeping readers, especially Boomers. Our current structure does not allow us to produce such stories without unusual efforts, let alone share them easily. And we know strong 'watchdog' journalism is critical to our future in this new media world.
This improvement plan is not part of the Gannett workforce reductions announced last week,'' the memo says. "But its scope is quite large and ambitious and cannot be done without the regrettable elimination of some Information Center jobs. Most of these positions are being repurposed in online, copy editing and content generation efforts at the group and local level. This project was being planned long before the recent news. Human Resources will meet with impacted employees in the next few days."
I've posted a portion of the entire memo, here.
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