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Gannett layoffs include five South Jersey journalists

Romalino, Marko are casualties of newspaper chain’s financial woes

By David Wildstein, August 17 2022 3:00 pm

Five Gannett journalists from South Jersey have been laid off as part of national corporate cutbacks after the newspaper chain lost $54 million during the second quarter of this year, the New Jersey Globe has confirmed.

Carly Romalino, who has covered South Jersey for the Courier Post for sixteen years, let go.  She had won ten New Jersey Press Association awards.

So was Deborah Marko, a 37-year veteran reporter for the Vineland Daily Journal,  the Courier-Post and the Burlington County Times.

Layoffs also included Tom Rimback, a sports reporter for the Burlington County Times since 1996, and two photojournalists, Adam Monacelli and Joe Lamberti.

Monacelli has spent 25 years at the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times and Daily Journal.  Lamberti has worked for Gannett and the USA Today Network since 2015.

Jerrold Stass Haught, Gannett’s South Jersey Region, declined to respond to an inquiry.

“All media inquiries need to be directed to corporate,” Stass Haught said.  Gannett corporate has been declining to discuss individual layoffs and reporters have been told to eschew calls about their workforce.

The Courier-Post is now down to just four staff writers and a total newsroom of eleven, including Stass Haught.  The Daily Journal presently has just two reporters, and no dedicated editor.  Rimback’s layoff cuts the number of Burlington County Times sports reporters in half.

Gannett CEO Mike Reed is holding a town hall meeting with employees, but several reporters reported on their personal social media accounts that they would not be permitted to ask questions about corporate leadership.

As journalists, our jobs is to uncover the truth and hold those we cover accountable. Yet Gannet has not been transparent with us, its employees,” tweeted Nikki Ross, a Gannett reporter in Florida.  “So we are calling on our CEO to answer our questions about the layoffs.”

Reed has faced criticism for his own $7.74 million salary and bonus package and his decision to buy $1.2 million in Gannett stock last week after prices dropped by almost 30% as a result of the company’s losses.

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