Gannett is offering another buyout. Jim Hopkins over at Gannett Watch has full coverage. I thought this comment was especially interesting.
At The Arizona Republic, the buyout offer for 70 employees companywide turns out to be targeting 44 in the newsroom. Jim, how about a survey to find out what's happening at other properties? How many reporters and editors is Gannett going to lose? The 2008 buyouts took 800 years of experience out of the Republic newsroom. No count for this buyout as yet.
These stories make blogging easier. First, I point out ways in which the newspapers offend readers. Then I publish stories about circulation falling. Then I publish stories about collapsing revenue followed by stories of cost cutting through furloughs, buyouts and layoffs.
It's important that I start the cycle by printing stories about the newspaper offending it's readership. I don't want you to think that newspapers are simply victims of the internet age. People cancel because the quality of the product is poor and offensive. (I've archived hundreds of examples, but think of Benson portraying Brewer as Quadaffi on the same day the the newspaper announced an essay contest about the need for civility.)
The paper will continue cutting costs to stay ahead of losses and will eventualy lose its critical mass and will no longer function as a newspaper.