Sources: Gannett lays off at least five in Courier-Journal newsroom ahead of rumored Tronc purchase


A memo from Gannett CEO Bob Dickey to employees on Monday announced that the nation’s largest newspaper company soon would lay off 2 percent of its workforce, and sources at The Courier-Journal confirmed to IL that up to five employees in its newsroom were let go on Tuesday.

IL was told that at least five editors or directors at The Courier-Journal were laid off; reporters were spared from the cuts. C-J publisher Wes Jackson did not immediately return a message asking about the cuts.

POLITICO reported on Dickey’s memo to Gannett employees on Monday, announcing that about about 350 workers from its more than 100 properties would be let go this week. Gannett will announce its third-quarter earnings on Thursday and may also announce its acquisition of Tronc — formerly Tribune Publishing — which consists of nine newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times.

Courier-Journal executive editor Neil Budde abruptly resigned two weeks ago, shortly after a Gannett executive criticized the leadership of the paper in a staff meeting.

Following today’s cuts, one C-J reporter posted on social media that the paper has been given a “new mission,” focusing on owning breaking news stories, watchdog journalism and unique storytelling.

This story will be updated.