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Longtime writers Matthews, Hare and Marcotte to leave D&C

By TROY L. SMITH
 - 4/2/2012 3:34:28 PM

The Democrat and Chronicle on Monday announced it will say goodbye to three of its most well-known staffers this month.

In total, 18 of the newspaper’s employees will leave as part of a retirement program being offered by parent company Gannett Co. Inc., the Democrat and Chronicle reported on its website. Employees that met age and seniority requirements were offered the program.

The retiring employees include longtime sports columnist Bob Matthews and news columnists Mark Hare and Bob Marcotte. The newspaper did not identify any other retiring employees.

The company said the moves come as the newspaper focuses on hiring more versatile journalists, as well as sales and marketing executives. As of Monday morning, the Democrat and Chronicle has six job openings listed on Gannett’s corporate job website, all posted since mid-March.

The retirements come on the heels of the Democrat and Chronicle’s new digital-driven business model, set to launch May 1 as a part of Gannett’s companywide strategy.

As part of the plan, non-subscribers will have access to a limited number of the newspaper’s online stories before having to pay a subscription fee, which has yet to be determined. The model is similar to one being used by the New York Times, a non-Gannett newspaper.

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