Gannett journalists get an extra day off

On Tuesday, employees at TEGNA – the former Gannett broadcast division – learned that they’re getting a $400 bonus “for all that you’ve done throughout our fantastic first year” as a spun-off company. Earlier today, the journalists at Gannett’s newspapers learned that they’re not getting cash for the holiday, but they are getting an extra day off. Here’s Gannett CEO Bob Dickey’s memo:

Unwrap a day off!

You are the best gift we’ve had all year.

Happy Holidays! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your efforts this year in our journey toward building our next generation media company. 2015 was a momentous year for the new Gannett and as it comes to a close, I want to personally say I appreciate all of your hard work. We’ve made significant progress in just a few months and there’s much to be proud of as we continue to leverage our combined strengths./CONTINUES

As part of this recognition, I also want to reward you with additional day off. Where it makes business sense, please take Christmas Eve day off (Thursday, Dec. 24). If for business reasons that does not work, find another day you can take off before January 31, 2016 (work with your immediate supervisor). Your supervisor will let you know if the specific duties of your job require an alternate schedule.

As we prepare to enter 2016, our momentum is strong and I know together we will make it a great year. I’m grateful for your efforts and excited about what lies ahead for us next year and beyond.

Thank you, all. My sincere best wishes to you and your loved ones for a very happy holiday season.

Bob Dickey

* Earlier: TEGNA employees get a $400 bonus (