We hate to say we saw it coming, but we saw it coming.
In December of last year, Fly on the Wall predicted layoffs would be forthcoming at Gannett-owned newspapers, including The Commercial Appeal, sometime after the new year. It had seemed like an inevitability since November's dismal quarterly report and the call for early buyouts that always presages another round of cuts.
Last week it finally happened. On Wednesday, January 23rd, Gannett laid off an estimated 400 newsroom employees at papers across the country.
Via the media watchdogs at Poynter: "Another brutal day for journalism. Gannett began slashing jobs all across the country Wednesday in a cost-cutting move that was anticipated even before the recent news that a hedge-fund company was planning to buy the chain. The cuts were not minor."
The CA appears to have fared better than many Gannett publications. As of now, only one newsroom layoff has been confirmed, 38-year CA vet William Fason. Four open positions were also eliminated.
At least we hope this is an autocorrect error.
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