Sunday, February 22, 2009

Gannett Employees Turn To Unofficial Blog For Clarity

Jim Hopkins, 51, former Gannett reporter and editor for more than 20 years, operates Gannett Blog, a one-man show that tracks all-things Gannett, ranging from layoffs, furloughs and newspaper home delivery cutbacks. With the economy stuck in a recession, unemployment rising and the newspaper industry declining, Hopkins has become a voice and outlet for current and former Gannett employees to express their emotions about corporate news and the industry's troubled state.

"I suspected my former employees would want a place where they could get information that was more complete and unvarnished than what they'd probably get from the company," Hopkins told Dow Jones Newswires. "I wanted them to have a place where they could share information with each other as they planned their futures."

Hopkins took a buyout from USA Today in January 2008 because "it was clear the company wasn't investing in its own future," he said. He began blogging anonymously in September 2007, but officially put his name on the blog four months later when he was no longer a Gannett employee.

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