A note sent to me: What's likely going to happen is that all of the papers will be designed in one or two places. Well, Richmond and Tampa will design themselves, but the rest of the properties (including a couple in Alabama) will be designed either in Hickory or Lynchburg. So, that's going to screw some people out of jobs, several I'm very close to, if in fact this does go through. I have no reason to believe it won't. The culprit behind this, from what I'm hearing, is Donna Reed, who was reassigned to some BS title, then fearing she'd be next to go, decided to pitch this new product, thinking it would be "something for her to lead" Because Gannett did it, Media General could do it too. MG is very good about following Gannett's lead. When she came to a property to present a design award to a news-side employee and bring them cake, she told the ME later in the day that they would head this direction. This was mid-July, I think. The ME was livid, and so were the publishers nearby. The publishers I'm aware of have raised all hell. Some publishers might not care so much, but some do. Somewhere I also heard that the Winston-Salem paper would be designed in Tampa. The worst part is that Donna and the other suits have said "This will improve the quality." That pissed off said ME, and others. How in the hell someone in Hickory, N.C. can design a paper in Auburn or Dothan, Ala., is beyond me, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Our ME told the designers last week because someone caught wind of it. I guess that's better than getting a two-week notice a couple of months from now. This would affect my wife, a copy editor/designer, and several more people I care about. I guess it would affect me, though I'm not a designer by job title (I help out on desk). I guess we're the dumbasses for following our dreams and doing what we wanted to do. She's on a vacation this week with friends, planned months back, and I don't want to tell her about the extra furlough days until she gets back. Again, this isn't a final decision, but I suppose it's just a matter of time. Since it seems that more people know, it needs to get out there.