MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 1, 2007--Gannett today
introduced the first class of its innovative Talent Development
Program, which is designed to recruit, hire and train thirty-two of
the nation's top graduating college seniors annually. The program's
goal is to identify top candidates while they are still in college and
guide them through to pre-assigned jobs at Gannett locations around
the country, including USA TODAY, daily community newspapers and TV
The first class, which today begins a summer of training followed
by full-time jobs in September, comes from premier colleges and
universities in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
"A highly competitive selection process means these graduates are
the best of the best from some of the nation's top schools. We are
thrilled to welcome them to our industry," said Craig A. Dubow,
chairman, president and chief executive officer. "These new hires -
and they are employees, not interns - will receive in depth training
and mentoring for several months before beginning their full-time
The thirty-two were chosen from among 350 applications received
early in the year. The second class will be chosen next spring from
applications received beginning in the fall. More information about
applying to the program is available at www.gannett.com/career. The
program is open to students in their senior year who are scheduled to
graduate or will have graduated mid-term.
Some members of the class are journalists and will work in Gannett
Information or Pulse Centers at publications or TV stations. Others in
the class will be work in advertising, finance, circulation or other
jobs throughout company. A list of the first class is available via
Gannett's Information/Pulse Centers are the newsrooms of the
future for our print or broadcast operations. They are organized to
gather and disseminate information to multiple platforms, 24-hours a
day, seven days a week. Audience-based ad sales are Gannett's method
of delivering customers to advertisers using innovative approaches and
multiple products and platforms.
Members of the Talent Development Program have been assigned
mentors and will be working in one of four regions of the country:
West, Midwest, South and Northeast. At the successful completion of
their training, they will be placed in full-time positions in the same
region. Throughout the process, they will receive career guidance,
feedback and multiple layers of experience.
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) is a leading international news and
information company that publishes 85 daily newspapers in the USA,
including USA TODAY, the nation's largest-selling daily newspaper. The
company also owns nearly 1,000 non-daily publications in the USA and
USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest
is the United Kingdom's second largest regional newspaper company.
Newsquest publishes nearly 300 titles, including 18 daily newspapers,
and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 23
television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader
with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including
USATODAY.com, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.
CONTACT: Gannett Co., Inc.
Vice President of Corporate Communications
SOURCE: Gannett Co., Inc.