Earlier this week, Gannett announced it would lay off all employees for one week without pay “to preserve our operations and continue to deliver for our customers while confronting the issues raised by some of the most difficult economic conditions we have ever experience,” CEO Craig Dubow said in a memo.
Unfortunately, one of my good friends in an education reporter for a Gannett daily and is caught in the crossfire. The furlough news came after the paper had already undergone reorganization, where entire sections of the paper were cut.
She describes her newsroom as a “war zone,” with writers “screaming at each other” and “throwing fits” and unreasonable editors insisting they’re not working hard enough.
It’s a frightening time for not only young reporters, but also our vets. I’m exceedingly thankful for my position with Newhouse.