Skip to comments.USA Today cutting 26 jobs (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 12/01/2009 12:54:37 PM PST by abb
USA Today editor John Hillkirk, who took over the job in April, informed staff today that there will be 26 jobs cut at the newspaper.
Hillkirk, in an memo obtained by POLITICO, wrote that those laid off will be notified today or as soon as possible. In a second memo, staffers were informed that there will be a merger between USA Today's news operation and USA WEEKEND.
The moves come on the same day that parent-company Gannett announced the institution of furloughs for 2010, just as they did this year.
In addition to layoffs, Hillkirk explained in the memo how USA Today would deal with a challenging time for our industry.
Over the next several weeks, we'll be examining changes in our structure and workflow that will help us to push the news to multiple platforms in the most efficient, non-bureaucratic way possible. Finding ways to maximize our resources, while eliminating duplication and less valuable or unnecessary work, will be the goal.
In addition, we will be working with a team from USA WEEKEND to integrate the two operations. As Marcia describes in her email, there will be a number of people moving into the LIFE section shortly. We look forward to working with WEEKEND in a collaborative fashion to publish a high-quality magazine using our combined resources.
USA Today, like other news organizations, is facing a tough economic situation.
Right now, the New York Times is in the midst of a buyout program, with layoffs coming if 100 staffers dont sign up. The Washington Post recently cut positions as part of its web-print merger, and the Associated Press laid off staff throughout the country last month.
How many jobs are they saving?
Next time any one of us stays at a hotel that rag USA Today will be lighter than usual. Oh well.....guess we’ll live....
***Finding ways to maximize our resources, while eliminating duplication and less valuable or unnecessary work, will be the goal.***
eliminating duplication = White House & Congressional aides will type copy directly into our publications”
less valuable = any employee who disagrees with Democrats’ policies
unnecessary work = investigative journalists who go out looking for facts, truth and government waste, fraud and abuse
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>> USA Today, like other news organizations, is facing a tough economic situation.
Heh heh... apparently they’re also grappling with an identity confusion situation too, because they are NOT a “news” organization.
Maybe for Christmas I’ll send Neuharth a dictionary with the word “propaganda” hilighted.
Only 26? Oh well at least it’s in time for the holidays.
I didn’t realize there were that many conservatives working for USA Today.
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Hate to see anyone lose their job, to tell you the truth. The market sucks.
There’s 26 jobs of the millions of jobs that Obama didn’t save.
Seems the the state run media isn’t keeping up with all the “hope & change”.
Oh my goodness. I just read the rest of the article... this is really bad. LMAO
Don’t they know that it’s almost Christmas, oh that’s right, they don’t believe in that stuff. To them I say, “ Have a Merry Unemployment.... or whatever”.
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And notice the other stories about Gannett instituting furloughs in the first quarter of next year.
All nonessential weight, over the side!. :o)
He’s failing everywhere.
This had better not cut into my ration of Jen/Brad/Angelina news!
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Murdock is taking Neuharth to school every day, showing Neuharth how the news business is, and should be done......fair and balanced, Al.....those important journalistic and ethical qualities that, in all your years of scamming your readership, you never quite grasped.
In other words, they'll eliminate reporters all together and just go straight to press with DNC faxes.
Renting out the spare bedrooms to help make ends meet...
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