Tip: Phoenix lays off 50 in circulation, elsewhere

In an e-mail, a Gannett Blog reader says: “The Arizona Republic laid off approximately 50 more employees a couple days ago. Apparently, it was throughout the organization. I’m only aware of the circulation department cuts, but it appears all the managers running the Circulation Distribution Centers were released. Some transportation department employees were also given their walking papers, while others in circulation were demoted. This definitely wasn’t a buyout, but those involved did receive a severance package.”

Earlier: Reader says Arizona Republic buyout terms ‘stink’

Can anyone confirm — and add detail? Post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, use this link from a non-work computer; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

[Image: this morning’s Republic, Newseum]

9 Responses to “Tip: Phoenix lays off 50 in circulation, elsewhere”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Yeah, that guy really hates the Republic, often makes errors in his blog “reporting” and never apologizes. It is scary to think that if/when newspapers die, that people like him will be where readers go for “news.” He is guilty of the very same bias he criticizes the Republic for. And he rarely admits his mistakes.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    ???? Yo, Bartender, I’ll have two of whatever the first two people to comment on this tip are drinking.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I heard the “crotch” cried after laying off a slew of people.
    What a wussy! Honey, if you can’t take the heat in the kitchen, make me a ham and cheese sandwich!
    But she is sooooo great right????????????????????
    Oy vey!
    This is our future? The future is so dim, I need night vision googles

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Anon 128, You so funneee! Maybe you can be a blogger when you get laid off. At least you wouldn’t need any command of English, spelling, syntax or any other formal education.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Given the trainwreck that “the Crotch” has been, seeing her cry is nothing compared to the gallons of tears she has cuased throughout her career. The woman is truly a “rainmaker” of grief. A hailstorm even on a sunny day. I am not sure who deserves more empathy, the ones that were released or the ones that still have to work for her.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Who is “The Crotch”?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    These are no bad people, just very bad managers. In many cases coming from smaller newspapers and still attached to the arrogance of a different time and place. They’re out of touch with today’s business and instead of going out of their way to connect with people internally and externally, they build teams around themselves to support their ego. In the toughest of business conditions, The Arizona Republic continues to distance itself from clients and readers. There’s no business model where this approach works. There’s a lot of meetings taking place with a lot of managers claiming to know what’s going on outside their walls without ever venturing outside their office or ego.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    8:09: “The Crotch” is referring to VP Karen Crotchfelt, (a SCJ + Zidich/Reno follower) who is in line to take over for Zidich when he retires.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Does anybody know what the Marketing Department has accomplished under the current VP who will apparently take over the whole paper as 8:09 mentioned and is probably correct? It’s the one department no other department likes working with. They’re never on time, don’t seem to be in touch and nobody can determine how they’re held accountable. The current VP oversees several “magazines” and I don’t think they’re doing very well. Free publications under her are… not doing very well either. They sure love online although they’re revenues are apparently way down. This is a relatively large department that doesn’t sell advertising, doesn’t deliver the paper, has problems putting partnerships together and doesn’t sell papers yet this department seems to have a hand in many departments without an honest clue or mutual accountability.

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