First anniversary: Now, I’m a rewrite guy

[Blow out: celebrating a year of blogging]

When people ask about my job, I say: “I’m an online business news reporter, with an unusual specialty: I only write about one company.”

I mention that because the blog you’re reading first appeared in public a year ago this month, when I published this post. Gannett Blog has changed a lot since then — especially these days, as more readers write more comments. Now, my job is more like what the newsroom staff calls a rewrite guy. That’s a writer who takes feeds — e-mail and phone calls — from other reporters, then weaves all those contributions into a story. (Mercifully, other newsroom employees — copy editors — then re-write the story again, turning it into something that’s actually readable!)

In my case, I’m getting as many as 100 feeds daily — your comments. And I read every one. As I told another blogger, however, this much hasn’t changed: I started Gannett Blog so employees would have a safe place to share information about the company, without fear of reprisal from management, as they prepared themselves for a vastly changed industry.

I hope you’ll keep coming back.

[Photo: Fire, by Paal Audestad — a photo of the week at]

9 Responses to “First anniversary: Now, I’m a rewrite guy”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    JIm, Since the tranformational e-mail from Craig, how many more employee communications have there been? Might be interesting to show them all here and how they evolve through the months. You called the job and cost cutting a year ago, bravo. Now how about some winning Power Ball numbers.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    You are providing an extremely valuable service to us.

    And to think you are taking the time from your vacation to keep us updated on the Gannett machinations.

    As a Gannett retiree, I find the information very helpful and confirming of my 15 years of experiences with Gannett.

    Bless You Jim-

  3. Jim Hopkins Says:

    Thank you, 3:11 pm! It’s been a pleasure.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    You’re not a rewrite man until you learn that ‘rewrite’ is one word (grin).

  5. Jim Hopkins Says:

    6:29 pm: OMG!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    It’s okay Jim. We forgive you!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    We not only forgive you, we appreciate you. But allow me to note that “one-year anniversary” is a redundancy. Please make it “first anniversary.”

  8. Jim Hopkins Says:

    Much better! Thank you, 9:41 pm

  9. Anonymous Says:

    In answer to the first question: Craig has not written to us since the 9/11/2007 e-mail.

    In that message, he said, “I want to begin talking with you more about this process and what it [transformation] means.”

    Yet after a year of silence, he and his minions wonder why so many of their headcount come to a blog to get the honest news about their company?

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