Reporter at Gannett’s Burlington Free Press laid off after refusing to reapply for her job

Lynn Monty was laid off from Gannett’s Burlington Free Press after refusing to interview to keep her job – a process she calls “degrading and demoralizing.”

quitAccording to Monty (left), Gannett plans to pay her the difference between unemployment insurance compensation and her full salary for six weeks — one for each year she spent at the paper.

Monty was a community news and technology reporter for the Free Press’ “Innovate” and “Vermont” sections, as well as for “Hometown,” its free weekly. For the past two years, she said, she was the only reporter in the newsroom on Saturdays. As such, she simultaneously served as web editor, social media manager and editor that day of the week.

She tells Seven Days alt-weekly: “I loved my job, but I don’t love Gannett. …When our publisher jumped ship [for Party City last month], I knew it was over.”

The journalist adds: “I will miss my colleagues and I wish them all the best. It’s been an honor to learn and work alongside them. … I will make a new way for myself that doesn’t compromise my integrity.”

* Free Press reporter laid off after refusing to reapply for her job (sevendaysvt.com)
* Earlier: Free Press reporters must reapply for their jobs (sevendaysvt.com)

* Update: Comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers (facebook.com)

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