Arizona Republic Layoffs Include Veteran Journos, Former East Valley Tribune Refugees

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The bloodbath at Gannett Company Inc., over the past 48 hours saw as many as 223 jobs lost, with 29 people reportedly laid off at the Arizona Republic.

Some of those on the list were veteran journalists, including two who had worked for the paper for decades. Another two were refugees from the failed former East Valley Tribune (not to be confused with the namby-pamby local paper of the same name, now owned by a subsidiary of Colorado's Thirteenth Street Media.)

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We hear that the following 12 people from the editorial side were cut:

Lori Baker, print platform manager (and longtime reporter and editor)

Cecilia Chan, public safety and breaking news reporter

Julie Dart, copy editor for features and business

Dawn DeChristina, online producer

Dale Hajek, print platform manager

Amy Hartman, designer/artist

Cindy Hernandez, online producer

Kerry Fehr-Snyder, reporter

Stephanie Russo, content coordinator

John Triplett, content partnership editor

Mike Tulumello, Southeast Valley opinions editor

John Yantis, reporter

Please let us know if any of these names should not be here. We confirmed each name with at least two sources, but haven't verified them any from an official source at Gannett or the Repub.

Gannett Blog, where news of the layoffs first broke, reports that the "stealth" layoffs at 37 different locations nationwide followed recent news of another big slip in ad sales. The restructuring includes "the elimination of open jobs and the unexpected retirement of several publishers and senior editors with relatively little advance notice."

Other Republic positions and people lost, we hear, include a La Voz editor, a Page One designer, and an archivist.

It wasn't just editorial affected -- at least nine advertising people lost their jobs, too, according to one comment on Gannett Blog. (Take the source for what is, naturally.)

News like this is gut-wrenching for everyone in the journalism industry, which by many accounts can be likened to a half-dead mule in a dried-up waterhole. Some of the newly jobless are still stunned.

Nine of the 12 we listed are middle-aged. One of the 50-somethings we reached at home this morning declined comment, saying in a halting voice that "it's a difficult time."

The Phoenix Business Journal's Mike Sunnucks talked to Lori Baker yesterday, who started with the company when she was just 14 and worked there for 35 years.

"I've never applied for a job before," she told the Journal.

At least one victim, Mike Tulumello, has been through the industry's downsizing wringer before. A talented sportswriter, Tulumello was part of the massive gutting of the old Tribune in late 2008, as its then-owner, Freedom Communications, wended its way through a bankruptcy.

Another former Tribber, John Yantis, survived another round of Tribune layoffs in March of 2010 after the paper was taken over by the new owner. He took a job as a reporter two months later at the Republic, which he -- like everyone else -- knew was also being rocked by regular waves of layoffs and mandatory unpaid furloughs.

Best of luck to all the laid-off. We have no doubt they'll land on their feet -- but with the industry still sinking, their drop zone probably won't be made of newsprint.



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Nichols
Nichols

The Republic is an Arpaio controlled "Rag".

The Republic has glamorized Neo Nazi J.T. Ready and his Band showing them laying in the dark with sniper rifles, and night vision scopes to ambush Brown People in the Desert.

The Republic has pushed the Phony Border War crap including Babeu's phony "Big Shoot out in the Desert" which then went World Wide, and turned out to be a Pinal County Sheriff's Staged Lie.

No retractions ever from Arpaio's Rag Republic Newspaper, Edited by his Son in Law.

The Republic is largely responsible for Arizona's Crashed Economy, which has been caused in large part by Arpaio, Pearce, and Brewer with their Racism and Hate .

January 2008 was the start of the Anti-Immigrant Rant, and the start of the Foreclosure Crisis, the Mortgage Crisis, and the "Great Recession".

It is all related, now enjoy your own Demise, you've earned it Rag Republic.

Try reporting actual News?, not creating your own Phony Racist News Stories?!!

To: Real Non-Fabricated Journalism.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Now it's time for the New Times to lay off Hendley and Stephen Lemons.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Blame ad revenue? Gracia Martore, President and CEO of Gannett, paid herself almost 8.5 million dollars total salary in 2012. 

All you pretty faced teleprompter readers at NBC 12 could be next. (you know who you are.)

Shari Bender
Shari Bender

Sad that what USED to be the Arizona REPUBLICAN is feeling the hard times now - Hmmm ... Maybe they should just have been a little more open minded .... OH that would make them DEMOCRATS! LOL

rickaz59
rickaz59

What exactly is a "print platform manager" ?  Sounds like a union job in the press room.   

teknik
teknik

I wonder how many hits their website lost when that pay wall went up.  I haven't been back since but really the valley news sources are all pretty bad.

FUQDAMEDIA
FUQDAMEDIA

Good riddance.  The only thing the repugnant is good for is manufacturer coupons.

leewah
leewah

Minor correction:

>> Lori Baker ..., who started with the company 35 years ago, when she was just 14.<<

Lori started as a writer for the Teen Gazette when she was 14.  Her 35-year work period refers to the time she was an actual paid reporter and editor, after she graduated from college.  Count her, alas, among the multiple 50-somethings who were unceremoniously let go.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Sucks to be them.  Plenty of need for English Teachers out there.

marcy
marcy

@dennis20  

When times are good a CEO insists is because of their actions and therefore they demand a high salary.

 When times are bad a CEO insists what is needed is strong leadership to guide the corporate ship through the bad times and therefore they demand a high salary.

The reality is the CEO and the board of directors cooperate in giving each other overly generous pay packages because they can.  And you are absolutely correct that an $8.5M salary to run the Gannett ship into an iceberg is about $8M too high.

some99_zz
some99_zz

@rickaz59 yes,and THOSE HORRIBLE UNION DAYS,ACTUALLY AMERICA WAS AT HER BEST THEN,REMEBER,DAD COULD SAVE MONEY,""WORK ONE JOB",HAVE A GOOD HOUSE,COULD PAY THE BILLS,PUT MONEY ASIDE FOR THE FUTURE,OH GOD,LET'S NOT BRING BACK THOSE DAYS,EVER,THE REPUBLICANS WHO CONSERVED,PARDON ""WASTED 5,000 KIDS IN IRAQ,AND WASTED 13 TRILLION DOLLARS,THE WORST DEBT IN OVER TWO HUNDRED YEARS!,YEAH,WHAT A CONSERVATIVE BUNCH,""WEAPONS OF MASS REPIGLICAN LIES,NOT A ONE FOUND",and they whine about what, SEVEN DEAD IN BENGAZI,""GOD HAVE MERCY ON THEIR LYING MURDERING SOULS,BECAUSE I WON'T!!!!!!YELLOW CAKE FROM NIGERIA,SMOKING GUN,SMOKING GUN,LIKE BUSH THE MASS MURDERER,WHAT HE MADE UP TO LEAVE AFGHANISTAN,WHERE OBAMA WAS,AND DESECRATED AS TORTURING NAZI MURDERERS BY HIS CHEENEY SWINE PIG

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@teknik  

I would have been willing to pay, but they also blocked comments from anybody who wasn't willing to log in via Facebook.   At one time I subscribed to both the Republic and the Gazette, but that was when they were locally owned.

marcy
marcy

@FUQDAMEDIA  

Coupons are all going online as well.  The future of print is virtually non-existent.   

Save a tree, cancel your AZ Republic subscription.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@YPS  Yes, but with education funding in this state being what it is, I doubt that there is much money available to increase the number of teachers in the classroom.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@marcy @dennis20 It's what happens when a conservative runs a business - they lose.  Conservatives are naturally unsuited to running a capitalistic enterprise - simply put, they are adverse to risk (i.e., cowards)!

marcy
marcy

@some99_zz @rickaz59  

Those "union days" weren't wonderful because of unions.  It was a time when the US had little global competition and was a massive exporter of goods and services.

Now we send our wealth to the Middle East and China.

In many cases unions simply priced their workers out of a job.  The higher the wage demands, the more companies turn to automation and outsourcing.

 

marcy
marcy

@valleynative @teknik  

Their paywall is more like a pay curtain.  Use FireFox as your browser and install the Self Destructing Cookies add-on.  Every time you close the browser tab that you were viewing azcentral with the cookies they put on your computer without your permission will be automatically deleted.

No cookie, no paywall.

But I do share your dislike of their insistence that a Facebook account be used to comment.  It's just a way to stifle opinion in a state full of vindictive public officials.

marcy
marcy

@JohnQ.Public 

They wouldn't like the pay new teachers earn either.

Go online or die.

All that ad revenue growth Google, Facebook and others are reporting is coming out of the hides of old media. 


JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@some99_zz marcy  As we all know, the reality of the economic cycle is significantly more complex than can be presented in a simple little blog post.  Unions were important.  Did they price their employees out of a job or did the introduction of intermodel transportation, overnight cargo and seemless international communications networks put their employees out of a job, or was it one of 100 other factors that put them out of a job?  Certainly IT phone support wasn't unionized but those jobs moved oversees.  It's much, much  to complicated with way too many factors involved  to simply blame movement of jobs across borders on the unions.

some99_zz
some99_zz

@marcy @valleynative @teknik  WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT ""UNION DAYS" DECADES AGO WAS WRONG,QUIT LISTENING TO REPUBLICAN CACA.you said in article that the U.S. was strong then because we did manufacture and dominate,RIGHT,THEN WHAT HAPPENED MARCY,WE LET IN JAPANESE CARS WITH NO REGARD TO OUR MANUFACTURING WHICH HAD TO PAY FOR UNION HEALTHCARE,ECT,while the Japanese had cars with years of free "repair and upkeep" in contract,WE COULD NOT DO THAT,OR AFFORD IT,SO PEOPLE STARTED BUYING JAPANESE,ECT.THIS HAD NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.WHAT ALSO YOU FAILED TO MENTION,IT WAS NOT THE ""HIGH" UNION WAGES THAT SMASHED US,IT WAS WEALTH SENDING IT'S FACTORIES FOR CHEAP LABOR IN CHINA,MEXICO,ECT,DAAH,ANYONE KNOWS THAT WHO BUYS ANYTHING NOW ""MADE IN CHINA"ON EVERYTHING,THIS ALSO NEVER HAPPENED,THE ""TRAITOR" FACTORY AND BUISNESS MAGNETS WHO SENT EVERYTHING TO CHINA,ECT,FIRED AMERICANS AND JOB LOSSES IN MILLIONS,IN MICHIGAN ALONE BABE,DID YOU KNOW IN YOUR ""INFINITE LACK OF WISDOM"'MICHIGAN WAS THE LARGEST,NUMBER 1 ,MAKER OF TEXTILES IN THE WORLD,ALL JOBS SLOWLY SENT TO CHINA,ECT,KNOW HOW MANY TEXTILE FACTORIES NOW MICHIGAN HAS,NONE,NADA,AND YOU BLAME UNION ""WAGES,",YOUR A IDIOT

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative  You can also use in-private browing on IE so they don't know who you are and you get right through as well.  That still doesn't make it worth going there, but that's another way to get in.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@ marcy.  Yep.  We used to get the weekend Republic.  It seemed like every article in there was an article I had read the prior week online from a decent news source like the Wall Street Journal or NY Times.  Why should I pay the Republic  to read content that I had already read online elswhere 3 days earlier.

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