Sorry about your benefits and thanks for all your hard work, whoever you are.
That was the message from top management to employees at the Indianapolis Star, according to reporter Ryan Martin.
“On a company wide call, our CEO just announced a cut in employee benefits before congratulating the Indianapolis Star Tribune on its investigative journalism,” Martin tweeted Wednesday.
According to Martin, the bearer of bad news corrected himself after getting the paper’s name wrong, but the part about benefit cuts appears to be accurate.
Martin said it was understanding those benefit cuts included “‘Temporarily’ ending the retirement match and no merit raises.”
He said no timeline or specifics were offered, but that “Hopefully we’ll get an email or something, at least.”
The nearly 120-year-old paper has won two Pulitzer Prizes for its investigative reporting, with the most recent one coming in 1991.
WISH TV in Indianapolis reported in August that Gateway Media would merge with Gannett media, whose properties also include USA Today. The deal reportedly put the publisher in position to cut $300 million in operating costs.
Neither Martin, Gateway nor Gannett could be reached for comment.
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