“Cutting into the bone”: Uncertainty surrounds latest actions announced by Journal Star-parent Gannett

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Published: Oct. 14, 2022 at 12:34 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - The latest proposed mandatory leave and buyouts announced by media company Gannett is bringing a cloud of uncertainty to the Peoria Journal Star.

Peoria Newspaper Guild President and reporter Leslie Renken says while the guild contract provides some protection, the continued cost-cutting measures have been devasting to the newspaper.

“When I started my career here in 1993 there were almost 100 people in the newsroom,” she said. “Now there are 11.”

One long-time employee was laid off during the last round of layoffs in August. Renken says the guild is still not sure how this latest round of cost-cutting is going to affect the Journal Star newsroom.

She says staff cuts at this point are well beyond fat and muscle, impacting the bones.