Hudson was one of only nine African-American MEs at U.S. newspapers when GCI's Jackson, Miss., paper laid him off as it eliminated 15 jobs during a November round of layoffs across the company's U.S. dailies.
Gannett's cutting loose Hudson and Richardson was a surprise, because the company under CEO Craig Dubow has said GCI's leadership and diversity initiatives may be "the most critical step" in the company's restructuring.
Hudson had been the No. 2 news executive at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Jackson newspaper for nearly eight years. When he lost his job, Hudson told Richard Prince at The Maynard Institute that GCI had "worked extremely hard to try to find a spot for me," he said, but without success.
The Decatur paper's circulation is much smaller than Jackson's: 19,528 Monday through Saturday, and 23,860 on Sunday. Jackson's is 62,018 Monday through Friday; 64,795 on Saturday, and 76,397 on Sunday.
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[Photo: Decatur Daily]