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Open Container: D-News D-Day

by Josh Loftin
Posted // 2010-08-31 -

The fate of dozens of Deseret News employees could be announced today.

A staff meeting has been called at 10 a.m. this morning by CEO and president Clark Gilbert. In a short e-mail sent out this morning, Gilbert wrote:

"We would like to share some of the results of our company-wide analysis with you today. Please join me at 10:00 a.m. today in the newsroom on the seventh floor. Please send me a quick reply to let me know you received this. Thanks."

Some of the people working the night shift Monday received calls just before midnight, telling them to come to the meeting. As one person wrote, "those fuckers don't even give those who are being laid-off 24 hours notice."

For about a week, signs have been pointing to today as the start of whatever is going to happen. The meeting has been rumored but never official, and from a financial standpoint, there are reportedly some executive contracts that kick-in Sept. 1. More importantly, the fact that this meeting was called so quickly and people are apparently required to attend doesn't bode well.

As for what is actually going to happen, I have not confirmed exact numbers or a timeline. The second-hand information I have been told in the past few days, however, has layoffs hovering in the 40 percent range -- and nothing I've heard indicates that the 30 percent "floor" I've previously reported is wrong -- and coming in two stages. If that's the case, the first stage could be focused more on voluntary severance, offered especially to any employees who cannot whole-heartedly support the new mission of the paper.

Keep an eye on the Open Container blog at I'll update as I get info.

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Posted // August 31,2010 at 09:34

Maybe Heavenly Father will swoop down at 10am and take all the poor laid-off souls to their own planets.


Posted // August 31,2010 at 11:58 - Worth pointing out that the majority of the staff who will suffer from these cuts aren't LDS. Most of the executive team are LDS; the writers and designers mostly aren't.


Posted // August 31,2010 at 11:14 - Richard and Black Mamba, The news has both members of the church as well as non members, when people are losing their jobs in an economy like this the time for un-clever, predictable, and worthless comments like these reveal your immaturity and lack of compassion. News workers read news everywhere and the last thing they want to see is some smart ass comments.


Posted // August 31,2010 at 10:03 - Where they will become Gods,er, uh, sorry, Publishers of their own newspapers!