Rochester Democrat & Chronicle political reporter laid off while covering Obama’s visit

demoPresident Obama’s Thursday visit to Rochester got big play in this morning’s Democrat and Chronicle.

What’s missing, though, is a story from the Gannett newspaper’s political reporter, Jessica Alaimo.

That’s because Alaimo was laid off on Thursday — effective immediately — while working on the presidential visit story.

“I had been pulled off going to see Obama speak,” she tells Romenesko readers, “and was making calls to find out if he’d be stopping in Rochester when it [the layoff] happened.”

Alaimo tweeted after being laid off: “Thinking about making the switch into #publicrelations. Love journalism but its not sustainable. Would love to do research for a think tank.”

Alaimo joined the Democrat and Chronicle in July of 2012, but has been a Gannett employee since 2009.

Editor Karen Magnuson writes in an email:

We eliminated three positions yesterday as part of an overall restructure of the news and sales departments at the D&C. Several reporters and photographers were assigned to coverage of the president’s visit to our region. They did an outstanding job.

* More layoffs at Gannett newspapers (gannettblog.blogspot.com)


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