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DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Media giant Gannett Company Inc., announced Tuesday that it had laid off about 2 percent of its total workforce, including seven employees from the Poughkeepsie Journal, where Executive Editor Stu Shinske was laid off, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Shinske began with the Journal in 1989 as deputy city editor before becoming news editor in 1994, and managing editor in 1996, said the Poughkeepsie Journal.
In 2001, he moved to the Courier-Post at Cherry Hill, N.J., before becoming the executive editor of the Norwich Bulletin in May 2005. He returned to the Poughkeepsie Journal in Dec. 2006 as executive editor, said the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro also issued a statement praising Shinske.
"Over a span of more than two decades, Stu Shinske was a champion of free speech at the Poughkeepsie Journal, guiding the newspaper to unparalleled success," he said. "I thank Stu for all he gave to the Journal and the residents of Dutchess County, and I wish him well in his future endeavors. We also thank those who depart the Journal today for their dedication to their craft, and we hope they find future success.”
The new Poughkeepsie Journal's leaders will include Traci Bauer, the current executive editor of The Journal News in Westchester, who will take over as a regional editor for Gannett, in charge of the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Journal News, reported the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Jim Fogler, president of Poughkeepsie Journal Media, said the cuts were tough for the seven who had contributed greatly to the company.
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