Just days before getting this honor, John Adams told his Gannett-owned newspaper that he wouldn’t be applying for one of its “newsroom of the future” jobs.
Adams, who plans to freelance, tells Aaron Flint of The Flint Report:
As you may or may not have heard, Gannett is in the process of restructuring its newsrooms throughout the U.S.
John S. Adams
As a part of that restructuring process, they have eliminated many job titles and created new positions in the newsroom. Under this restructuring process there is no longer a Tribune capital bureau chief. The new title is “state capital columnist,” and it comes with a much different job description than the one I applied for back in 2007 when I was recruited for this job.
Everyone in the newsroom was required to reapply for one of the new positions. You could apply for up to two positions. If you did not apply, or if you applied but were not successful, then you would be laid-off. …
After serious thought and consideration I opted not to apply for any of the positions. I have been very happy in my role as the capital bureau chief for the Great Falls Tribune and would have liked to have continued in that role, but I did not feel any of the available openings in the Tribune’s new “newsroom of the future” were a good fit for me.
Update — Adams tells Romenesko readers: “Since Aaron Flint broke the news on his blog yesterday I have received many encouraging emails, text messages and phone calls from current and former colleagues, sources, and friends. The response has been humbling and energizing.”
He adds that his departure “is amicable” and “I have nothing but respect for my colleagues and managers.”
What’s next? “I’ve had conversations with several people about how I might continue my journalism career in Montana, but so far they’re just conversations. I’d like to make a go of it as an independent freelance writer if possible and hope there are enough people interested in my reporting to want to support it. I don’t intend to quit writing about people and issues of importance to Montanans.”
* John S. Adams is leaving the Great Falls Tribune (northernbroadcasting.com)
* Earlier: Worcester paper invites reporter to stay, but he resigns over cuts (jimromenesko.com)