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Gannett Buyouts

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Writer, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. Writer

    Writer Member

    It looks like Gannett has had a lot of buyouts across the country this week. Was there any sports writers who took the buyout?
  2. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

  3. Mwilliams685

    Mwilliams685 Active Member

    Six people took buyouts in mine. None were sports.
  4. crimsonace

    crimsonace Well-Known Member

    In Indy, Mark Alesia (who broke the Nasser/MSU/USA Gymnastics story) was the one with a connection to sports.

    Others were Gary Varvel (longtime cartoonist), Leisa Richardson (planning editor), Tom Leyden (online editor), Greg Weaver (government editor) and Will Higgins (news-side reporter).
  5. lantaur

    lantaur Well-Known Member

    Mike Davis (SE) in Milwaukee. I don't believe this was voluntary ...
  6. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I don't know about sports, but news reporters Billy Watkins and Jerry Mitchell were bought out at the Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi. Mitchell is one of the best investigative reporters anywhere and has done a lot of great work digging into Mississippi's checkered past for more than 30 years. That's one of those losses that'll be felt not just at the newspaper, but across the state.
  7. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    Holy shit, didn't realize Mitchell took the buyout.

    It's impossible to overstate the impact he had on the entire journalism world. Such a loss for the C-L.
  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Jerry Mitchell? That's one of those things that you see and just kills you as a young reporter. If Mitchell doesn't get to retire when he wants after the things he's done for Gannett, nobody does. Probably done more for the Gannett brand (in a positive way) than any reporter. He's 60 and I'm sure will continue to do great work somewhere, but damn....

    McArthur Genius Grant, put four klansmen behind bars, oddly enough - never won a Pulitzer.
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  9. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    It's MacArthur, genius.

  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Thats why i don't have one.
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  11. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Mitchell is going to start the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, so he's landing on his feet and might still be doing some stuff. It's still a big blow losing someone like that from the active roster.
  12. Central-KY-Kid

    Central-KY-Kid Well-Known Member

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