CityBeat has held off on posting the names of some people we've heard have been laid off from The Cincinnati Enquirer pending better verification, but we can now confirm two more departures.
Assistant Business Editor Randy Tucker and Obituaries Writer Rebecca Goodman have left the newspaper's staff. Tucker was a victim of the layoffs; it's unclear whether Goodman was laid off or chose to leave since she recently graduated from law school.
At least 1,227 employees have been laid off at Gannett's newspaper holdings nationwide this week, according to the Gannettoid Web site frequented by current and former company workers. The total at The Enquirer is 101.
In an e-mail sent Friday morning to Enquirer employees by Page One Deputy News Editor Bill Ferguson, one of the layoff's casualties, he tried to encourage those still at the paper. "We need people to save newspapers. You are those people."
Like many people who were laid off, Ferguson isn't sure what his next career move will be. He wrote, "News runs in my blood. I started working at my hometown paper at 14 covering junior high and high school sports. (And my mom and dad reminded me that at about 10, I 'published' a neighborhood newspaper.) I suspect that I'll always have it running through my veins. After the numbness of yesterday wears off, I'll start figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. It probably will somehow involve getting stories out, making an impact on lives, telling people's stories, being a watchdog, searching for the truth, something that in some way has something to do with news. Who knows what's in store."
Editor Tom Callinan also wrote an item online Friday asking for the public's help in writing material for The Enquirer's Op/Ed pages. Although Callinan described the effort as seeking a diversity of opinion to fill the pages, it no doubt also is due to the layoffs given to Editorial Page Editor David Wells and columnist Peter Bronson.