Jim Hopkins over at Gannett Blog has reported that Gannett employees are going to have to re-apply for their jobs. The Business Journal picked up the story and the Republic made a classic blunder by not denying the story immediately. So this is what the Journal ran...
Employees at The Arizona Republic and KPNX-TV Channel 12 may have to re-apply for their jobs as their corporate parent, Gannett Co.tries to navigate the challenging media and advertising terrain.
Gannett spokeswoman Laura Dalton said Wednesday the media company does not discuss personnel matters.
This must have caused quite a firestorm--can you imagine Linda Valdez trying to actually get re-hired?
Instead of denying the story immediately, the Republic waited for the Business Journal article to run and cause widespread panic....then Publisher John Zidich issued a denial...which forced the Business Journal to rehash Gannett's problems in a new story that corrects the old one.
Arizona Republic CEO and Publisher John Zidich says employees at the daily newspaper and at KPNX-TV Channel 12 in Phoenix are not being asked to reapply for their jobs.
Dude, hire a professional. Just because you guys own a paper, doesn't mean that you know how to deal with a paper...in fact, owning one may make you less qualified to deal with one. I recommend you hire Stan Barnes, Jason Rose or Chuck Coughlin to handle these things in the future.