Another round of cuts at the state’s largest daily newspaper as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette announces more lay-offs. How many? They ain’t saying, and here’s the pointlessly weird rationale for the tight lips:
Executive Editor Griffin Smith said the number was not being announced to keep employees from keeping track of those being called aside during the day.
Any ideas on precise number of cuts or names of the fallen? Shoot me an e-mail via the contact form at right, or drop it in the comments section. Tough times.
UPDATE: Early word is that the total number includes 13 newsroom cuts (final tally was 16 cuts). An ADG employee writes in: It’s gloomy around here. When I pulled up, I made sure to only plug the meter for a half-hour; no use wasting an extra quarter in case, you know…
Among those let go today, we’re hearing the following:
Jack Hill (Features Reporter)
Rhonda Owen (Associate/Family Editor)
Pete Perkins (Sports Writer)
Todd Traub (Sports Writer)
NEXT MORNING UPDATE: And here’s the ADG’s full write-up on the whole thing. They want you to believe that, once the economy improves, they’ll be staffing back up, you see. Riiiiiiiiight. Good luck with that.