Gannett’s cutting 1,400 more jobs, the Associated Press is reporting today. Most of the layoffs will be announced by July 9.
Ack. I hope none of my old buddies at The Desert Sun get laid off this round. A lot of my former coworkers have gone on to other jobs, but I still know a fair number of people there–and they need their jobs.
I won’t lie. Sometimes I really really miss working at a newspaper. There is nothing quite like working at a newspaper when major news is breaking, or when you’re getting to put together a huge series that really tells an important story. There are days when I pick up The Tennessean, our local newspaper (also a Gannett-owned paper), and I think, “I wish my byline was there.” I do like the freedom that freelancing allows, but I miss seeing my name and my words on A1.
But at times like this, I’m kind of glad that I don’t. I’d be bracing for layoffs myself. I read the letter about the layoffs on the Poynter website, and it just depressed me. I don’t know why, exactly. It’s not like this sort of thing is a new phenomenon in this economy.