Appleton’s King downsized in latest round of Gannett Co. layoffs

Gannett Co. announced this week they were laying off about 10 percent of their company’s workforce. Of these layoffs, 74 employees working in the company’s 10 Wisconsin papers lost their jobs.

Gannett’s 10 newspapers in Wisconsin are in Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Marshfield, Wausau, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids.

So far we have learned that Green Bay Press-Gazette’s photo staff survived the layoffs without taking a hit, however Appleton Post-Crescent photojournalist and WNPA vice president Michael P. King was laid off this week.

Here is a message from King wrote this week about his layoff:

I was downsized from Gannett on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in my second year as a photojournalist at The Post-Crescent. Naturally, I’m disappointed. I know my colleagues there are, too. The pleasure of working there was extremely mutual. I have nothing but great things to say about the staff I worked with over a span of three years (including my 2006 internship). They made me a better photographer, a better journalist, and a better person. Active Image

The separation will surely hurt. In this industry, I think we all recognize that we aren’t just coworkers. We’re friends. And the past 24 hours have been proof that I have a lot of those. The phone has been ringing off the hook, and the emails and IM’s have been popping-up constantly, all with kind words of support. To say that it’s been heartwarming would be an understatement.

In the short term, I’m getting out of town for at least the weekend. That’s about as far as I’ve planned. I’m also going to spend a lot more time with my family over the holidays, and that’s a blessing.

If there’s a market for it, I’ll take freelance/contract work for as long as I’m here and available. I have the personal gear to do it.

In the long term… all I know is that I still strongly believe that there’s a future for those of us who believe in the power and purpose of what we do.

These are challenging and emotional times for all of us: we love our craft and love the people we work with. We all need to rise to the occasion (myself included) by staying strong through this and continuing to remember that, first and foremost, we serve our readers in our communities. If we do that on a personal level, there can be no regrets.

–MK

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