Gannett is cutting 1,000 newspaper jobs

Gannett GCI is eliminating 1,000 jobs, including 600 layoffs, across its newspaper operations, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

USA TODAY, the largest-circulation newspaper in the country, wasn't affected by the latest round of cutbacks, but had 45 job cuts of its own last November.

The latest cuts will affect Gannett's other newspapers, which include 84 dailies such as The Arizona Republic and the Detroit Free Press as well as nearly 900 non-daily publications.

The cost-cutting drive at the country's largest newspaper publisher is the latest effort by the industry to cope with declining revenue due to an economic slump and a continuing migration of advertising dollars online.

In addition to the 600 layoffs, Gannett will also eliminate 400 jobs through attrition and leaving vacant posts unfilled, said company spokeswoman Tara Connell. The cutbacks represent about 3% of the workforce at Gannett's local newspaper division.

Publishers were asked to notify employees of the cuts by Friday.

Other major newspaper publishers have also been slashing jobs, including McClatchy, which said in June it would eliminate 1,400 jobs, or about 10% of its workforce. McClatchy is also instituting a year-long pay freeze across the company starting Sept. 1.

Sacramento-based McClatchy's papers include The Miami Herald and The Sacramento Bee.

Gannett is also cutting costs in other ways, including centralizing customer service, printing, financial and other functions and outsourcing some operations, Connell said.

Gannett shares rose $2.05, or 10.6%, to $21.31.