USA Today offers buyouts

Jim Romenesko | Gannett Blog

More than 150 USA Today employees are eligible for an early retirement package, which are available to people over 55 who've been at the paper more than 15 years, Jim Romenesko reports. Jim Hopkins' Gannett Blog says the offers "come as USAT attempts another turnaround amid falling national advertising and circulation as competitors surge ahead with revenue from digital paywalls."

The 30-year-old paper no longer discloses the size of its workforce; a few years ago, it had fewer than 1,400 employees, making it one of Gannett's single-biggest worksites.

Gannett, which owns USA Today, offered 594 buyouts to employees last April. While the company has reported growth in circulation revenue due to paywalls at its smaller papers, it intends to keep USA Today's website free.

Previously: Circulation revenue up at Gannett, which credits paywalls | USA Today unveils new redesign

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    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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