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Happy Friday; Now Get the Hell Out

Posted on | December 5, 2008 | No Comments

Fortune and Gannett are laying off editors and reporters like there’s no tomorrow, and maybe there isn’t.
Sam Whitmore reports this morning that at least six editors got pink slips yesterday: Michael Lev-Ram, Yi-Wyn Yen, Todd Woody, Katrina Booker, Marc Gunther and Anne Fisher. USA Today laid off 20. But the cuts at Gannett are far broader. Editor & Publisher reports that some 2,000 editorial jobs will be slashed from Gannett payrolls across the country. Jim Hopkins, a Gannett editor for 20 years, is keeping close taps on Gannett layoffs across the country.
It’s shocking to see an industry that has struggled for a decade seeming to be set up for the coup de grace. And it’s even more distressing to ponder the effects it will have on the free flow of objective information.
For any laid-off editors interested in talking about making a transition into the other side of the communications business, please give me a ring.

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No Responses to “Happy Friday; Now Get the Hell Out”

  1. Loring Wirbel
    December 5th, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

    Hey, Scripps-Howard, don’t forget Scripps-Howard. They put the Rocky Mountain News “up for sale” Thursday. When they did that with the Albuquerque Tribune last year, it took less than six months for the fire sale to turn into an action of shutting the doors and liquidating assets. I would be startled if the RMN avoided the same fate.

  2. wretch
    December 6th, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

    The Oregonian (Newhouse) is combining three previously separate sections – World, Metro, Business – into one in the Monday edition only.

  3. Loring Wirbel
    December 6th, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

    Oh, yeah, the Post and CS Gazette did that a few months back. Neither the DP or CSG have a dedicated Business section any more, any other day of the week either. Tuesday to Saturday they combine Metro and Business. So it goes.

  4. Kerri
    December 8th, 2008 @ 10:58 am

    ProJo dropped all its bureaus. No South County edition, no East Bay edition, etc. All those editors? Gone. Buh bai.

  5. Loring Wirbel
    December 8th, 2008 @ 12:43 pm

    Name a city or a region, the buh bai’s all sound the same. Thousand points of light, flicking off one by one.

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