Take a look at this Google News report I received today:
Gannett suspends dividend and implements cost cuts to offset impact of COVID-19
Gannett, the owner of USA TODAY and more than 260 other daily publications, is suspending its dividend and implementing a variety of cost cuts to …
Coronavirus prompts furloughs, layoffs and pay cuts at Gannett newspapers
Gannett announced decreased advertising revenue amidst the COVID-19 public health crisis, The Daily Beast reported. CEO Paul Bascobert told …
Gannett Newspaper to Furlough Journalists – American Greatness
Workers at Statesman, other Gannett newspapers facing furloughs during coronavirus pandemic – Austin Business Journal
Gannett Will Cut Pay, Furlough Employees Amid Economic Loss From Coronavirus Pandemic
In media news, Gannett — which owns USA Today — has announced it is cutting pay and furloughing employees after a major loss in advertising …
Journal Sentinel’s Glauber, Bice, Spicuzza among newsroom staff furloughed by parent Gannett Co.
Milwaukee Business Journal
Gannett told employees Monday about the furlough program that runs through April, May and June, according to Gannett-owned USA TODAY.
Gannett taking steps to preserve liquidity
Virginia Business Magazine
McLean-based Gannett Co. Inc., the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, is negotiating with its vendors, creditors and pension regulators in order to …
Gannett to furlough journalists
Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project
Gannett to furlough journalists. This story, plus Facebook’s fact checkers struggle to fight surge in coronavirus misinformation, new research exploring …
Gannett: Revenues To Be Significantly Impacted By COVID-19; To Cut Expenses
Gannett has identified measures that it expects to reduce expenses in 2020 by an additional $100 – $125 million, through implementation of reductions …
As with so many other companies, York Daily Record feels economic crush of coronavirus
York Daily Record/Sunday News
During this time, top executives at Gannett will take a 25 percent reduction in pay. CEO Paul Bascobert will take no salary until these measures can end.
Gannett Expects Revenues To Be Significantly Impacted By Covid-19 Pandemic
April 1 (Reuters) – Gannett Co Inc: * GANNETT ANNOUNCES BUSINESS RESPONSE TO COVID-19. * GANNETT CO INC – NOW EXPECT OUR …
Virginia Based Gannett Announces Furloughs of Springfield News-Leader Reporters
OI reached out to Gannett’s corporate offices for comment but did not receive a response by press time.
Gannett owns the New Bern Sun Journal, which presumably is also going through its own challenges. Its regional publisher, Mike Distelhorst, was recently laid off, and you can safely assume that its remaining staff is not immune from the furloughs and pay cuts that are being experienced at its sister newspapers (not that you’d find out about it reading the Sun Journal).
The Sun Journal may be owned by a national, publicly traded company that is more interested in its stockholders than its employees or customers, but the reporters, photographers, and editors who work for the Sun Journal are local people covering local news.
The Sun Journal’s importance has never been better demonstrated than now, when its small but feisty staff has been leading the way in covering COVID-19’s impacts on New Bern and surrounding communities.
It has even lifted its website paywall on COVID-19-related articles as a service to the community. That’s sort of like Harris Teeter giving away its best cuts of meat to help prevent hunger.
When you think about ways you can support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t forget the Sun Journal. It and its direct ancestors have been covering New Bern since the 1870s, and New Bern itself was home to North Carolina’s first newspaper. Don’t let it wither away.
Subscribe to the Sun Journal. Advertise in the Sun Journal. Regularly visit its website, newbernsj.com. Send news tips to Sun Journal reporters. When you see Sun Journal journalists in the community, let them interview you and take your picture.
Information is everything, and without a robust, local newspaper, we all pay a steep price.
— Randy Foster / New Bern Post
Note: I was editor of the Sun Journal from 2009 to 2017. I resigned over differences with regional management. This is an unsolicited, uncompensated article.