GANNETT to cut 1,000 jobs (owner of Argus Leader)

Well it looks like another one in the newspaper industry is trying to stop the bleeding;

Gannett Company is reportedly poised to cut more than 1,000 jobs (7/1/09) as it tries to overcome the financial woes of the current recession.

It’s not yet known how these massive cuts will impact the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, the only Gannett newspaper in South Dakota.

A decade ago, Gannett – the largest newspaper company in the United States – employed some 41,000 workers. Including the imminent round of reductions, Gannett employees will number closer to 28,000.

Hopefully the Chiefs are smart enough NOT to cut their best journalists. We’ll see.



8 comments ↓

#1 Randall on 07.03.09 at 6:40 am

Mark my words – it would be a huge mistake to cut liberal voices and retain conservative ones. (Like the WaPo cutting Froomkin… for example)

#2 l3wis on 07.03.09 at 8:04 am

The only voice the Gargoyle has had is the voice of advertisers like Sanford.

#3 John2 on 07.03.09 at 9:32 am

We should have no sympathy or empathy for them. The media has long forfeited its role to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The consolidation of the media into elites – the Gannets, Lees, Murdochs, GEs, Viacoms, Disneys, etc., was only a temporary respite as they caterwaul into oblivion until the re-find their role. They surrendered to be lip service for their moneyed advertisers and the powers that be – thinking there was more money in that than in the nobleness of printing the truth.

#4 redhatterb on 07.03.09 at 5:12 pm

I’ve been noticing they seem to have some new names at the top of some of the articles. I wonder if they got rid of some people and hired new at less pay.

#5 l3wis on 07.03.09 at 7:20 pm

Nestor Ramos’ last day was yesterday, he was a page editor.

#6 l3wis on 07.03.09 at 7:21 pm

John- They are finding out there is no money in horseplay.

#7 Sy on 07.06.09 at 12:45 pm

l3wis,

“The only voice the Gargoyle has had is the voice of advertisers like Sanford”

Aren’t you forgetting the “Dean of South Dakota Politics” Dave Kranz? He’s been a Daschle cheerleader since their days in school when Tom told him thanks, but he didn’t swing that way.

#8 l3wis on 07.06.09 at 1:09 pm

Oh, I don’t think Kranz matters much anymore, I had to chuckle about his Munsun article today, trust me, I don’t think anyone who is running for mayor in 2010 wants either Munson’s or Kranz’s advice.

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