July 11th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: Media, Financial Crisis, Business

Enquirer Layoffs: The Aftermath


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.

07.12.2009 at 11:09 Reply
Please refrain from speculation on whether someone volunteered to leave a job. A person who quits or agrees to be laid off waives the right to Ohio unemployment benefits, and The Cincinnati Enquirer has advised those it let go that they would receive no severance pay. For the record, Rebecca Goodman, who attended law school at night for four years while working full time at The Enquirer during the day, passed the bar exam and in May was sworn in as a lawyer by the Ohio Supreme Court. She worked as a news reporter and columnist for The Enquirer for at least a decade. Goodman wrote the "Good Things Happening" column twice a week for the last eight months. Before then, she was the wine critic for several years, and she has written hundreds of columns about Cincinnati and Ohio history for the newspaper. She is the co-author of the book "This Day in Ohio History," which was based on her Enquirer columns. In addition to writing feature obituaries, her work as a general assignment reporter included covering everything from reaction to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America to the race riots in Cincinnati. Recent assignments included reporting on Hamilton County court cases.


07.12.2009 at 12:39 Reply
fourdrecord, it would already be well-documented in The Enquirer's HR records whether this person volunteered or was laid off, and nothing posted here would effect that in the least. Thanks for the bio material, though.