I don’t recall seeing this in The Arizona Republic. Gannett Publishing, the owner of The Republic, is downsizing the newspaper once again. the Phoenix Business Journal reports, Gannett’s latest restructuring comes to the ‘Arizona Republic’:
The Virginia-based media conglomerate already has been restructuring several newsrooms in its 81-city newspaper chain. The reorganization involves renaming newsroom positions and having existing employees reapply for jobs. Other Gannett papers have seen reductions in staff by as much as 15 percent in the so-called “Newsroom of the Future” effort.
Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI) also is in the process of divorcing its more profitable television stations— including KPNX-TV Channel 12 in Phoenix — from its less profitable newspapers.
Republic Senior Vice President for News Randy Lovely announced the new restructuring plans to internal staff this week.
New job titles will be posted internally and existing employees will then apply for those jobs. They will be interviewed by hiring managers, some of whom will be from outside the Phoenix newspaper.
The Republic has a 241-person newsroom including designers, editors, technology staff, photographers and reporters, according to the paper’s website. The restructuring will result in some reductions in newsroom staff, according to sources who asked not to be identified.
Early indications that the reductions could be between 10 and 12 positions. That’s less than the cuts expected at other Gannett papers.
Top editors such as Lovely and Executive Editor Nicole Carroll won’t have to reapply for new jobs, according to a source familiar with the changes.
Gannett and Republic executives did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.
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The Republic is one of the larger newspaper assets owned by Gannett.
The company also owns USA Today and 80 other daily newspapers including the Indianapolis Star, Des Moines Registrer and Detroit Free Press.
Gannett has undertaken a number of reorganization of its newspapers in recent years. That includes some layoffs and buyouts.
The bloggers here at Blog for Arizona bemoan the demise of print media in this country. In the interest of saving jobs at The Republic we took a snap poll as to who should be let go to save the jobs of others. The response was immediate, and a unanimous choice: we nominate the Rush Limbaugh of The Republic, Doug MacEachern to be kicked to the curb to save the jobs of others.
As the bloggers here have said many times,
Rush, er Doug, is just a cog in the Mighty Wurlitzer of the right-wing noise machine. He simply parrots (if not plagiarizes without attribution) the right-wing talking points he gets from trolling hate radio, FAUX News, and the “Internets.” There is no “value added” in being an echo chamber to what is already a saturation of wingnuts in the conservative media entertainment complex.
I have frequently argued that MacEachern has degraded the value of The Republic as a legitimate and credible news source with his deranged editorial opinions. He could be a big part of the reason why The Republic has to tighten its belt.
Instead of getting rid of real news room employees, kick this hack to the curb. Throw him a “surprise” retirement party, give him his gold watch and a cake, then have security escort him out of the building. And good riddance.