Memo: USAT news staff meeting set for Monday

Amid looming layoffs in the community newspaper division, USA Today top editor Ken Paulson has tentatively scheduled a newsroom staff meeting for 5 p.m. ET on Monday — a day earlier than originally planned, according to a memo circulating among some employees.

The memo does not give an agenda, so this may be nothing more than the regular monthly staff meeting. It says the event is to take place in the auditorium, suggesting a large crowd is expected.

From the memo: “Ken Paulson just contacted me about arranging for all the set-up — teleconference call-in, live-streaming / video archiving — for a potential Mon. Nov. 24 5 PM editorial staff meeting. You may already have this on your schedules for Tuesday afternoon, but Ken would like to try to move it up to Monday at 5 PM. That’s still to be confirmed by him, but the auditorium is now reserved for both Monday and Tuesday and he’d like to be sure he can get the necessary technical support on either day.”

Some background: USAT and the Detroit Free Press — two of Gannett’s biggest work sites — have so far been excluded from the current round of job cuts, which target 10% of the community newspaper division’s workforce.

Calling USA Today and Detroit employees: Have any other departments scheduled big staff meetings next week? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

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