Roll call III: Say goodbye to more of your friends

With your contributions, I’m building another roster of newspaper-by-newspaper layoffs and job cuts, as publishers notify individual employees losing their jobs in the 10% layoff now underway.

(Updated on Dec. 13.) We’ve now accounted for 72 of the 85 papers in this round. Total layoffs and other job cuts: 1,978.

We created a similar list in August, when Gannett eliminated 1,000 jobs through layoffs, attrition and buyouts. We also built a list of the approximately 100 newspaper managers laid off in September.

This time, it’s more important than ever. Corporate has not said how many employees are to be shown the door. Creating a complete list here is one of our best shots at memorializing how many lost jobs. I’m betting the final number will make this the newspaper industry’s single-biggest layoff.

The current round would reduce employment 10% in the 30,000-employee community newspaper division by early December. USA Today and (likely) the Detroit Free Press are subject to this layoff, too, for a total 86 dailies in the round.

Using the following format, please post your numbers — plus links to any layoff stories — in the comments section, below. A ??? means information is missing or incomplete. Note: Total employment is based on individual papers’ Corporate pages; figures are often too high. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

Reminder: Please post your figures in the comments section, below. A ??? means I’m missing information. Also, send story links to your paper’s coverage via gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com].

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