Gannett has laid off about 400 employees – roughly three percent of their U.S. workforce as part of dramatic cost-cutting measures after the national media chain lost $54 million in the second quarter of this year, according to a report by Poynter.
The company has also decided not to fill about 400 open positions, the report said.
Thirteen of the 72 journalists from the Bergen Record, Daily Record and New Jersey Herald in 2021 are no longer with the newspapers.
It’s not clear how many layoffs have come from Gannett’s nine New Jersey-based daily newspapers, although the New Jersey Globe has confirmed five casualties at South Jersey newspapers. Gannett has not revealed the names of specific employees who were laid off.
But newspapers mastheads to show vacancies. Kahlisha Laurel, a consumer engagement and retention specialist, is no longer listed as working for The Record.
At least two Bergen Record reporters have moved to the Star-Ledger in recent weeks: Andy Vasquez, their New York Jets columnist, and reporter Shaylah Brown.
Candace Mitchell, the Record’s director of subscription strategy and assignment, is now a senior SEO editor at the Washington Post. Rebecca King, a food reporter, has joined Choose New Jersey as an editorial content specialist.
Dustin Raccioppi, who had been a statehouse reporter, has now joined Gannett management as an editor. That leaves The Record’s statehouse bureau with just one news reporter, newcomer Katie Sobko.
Some of the Gannett papers are down to skeleton crews. The New Jersey Herald in Sussex County is down to just three reporters, and the Burlington County Times employs five reporters with specialized beats: healthcare and cannabis; community storytelling; education and economy; diversity and inclusion; and sports. The Daily Record has just one reporter, William Westhoven, and a multi-media journalist.