Are other pubs following Kane, Hudler examples?

Publishers in Indianapolis and Fort Myers, Fla., have kept employees up to date on how many of them are likely to be laid off over the next two weeks. Indeed, Indianapolis Star Publisher Michael Kane recently lowered his estimate by nearly half — surely, welcome news for employees trying to plan ahead.

Nothing would be more cruel than sitting on information like this until early December — the deadline Corporate has set for the 84-daily community newspaper division to reduce employment by 10%.

Kane’s revised estimate: fewer than 55 layoffs among about 1,100 employees. In Fort Myers, which has about 600 employees, Publisher Carol Hudler reportedly is forecasting about 100 job cuts — including 80 layoffs; the rest are unoccupied positions.

Both Kane and Hudler are group presidents, which ought to mean downstream pubs in their regions are following their lead. Are they?

How are you preparing for the 10% cut? Post replies in the comments section, below. E-mail gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

[Image: today’s Star front page, Newseum]

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