Former USA Today editor Jim Hopkins is shutting down his Gannett blog, which since 11 September 2007 has kept track of the goings-on at America’s biggest newpaper publisher.
Hopkins claims the site gets more than 10,000 monthly page visits, ranking it in the top eight per cent of all blogs, according to Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2008.
Hopkins cited poor health and an end to the natural shelf life of his blog as the main reasons behind his decision.
He said: “In the past year, I have lost quite a bit of weight as I’ve neglected proper nutrition and exercise.
“I could have made better choices, to be sure. But I am a very competitive journalist.
“I wanted this to be the best newspaper blog possible, because I think the employees deserve that much.”
“Gannett Blog always had a built-in expiration date of two or three years.”
“I may also pursue film/online video training next year, once I’ve returned to San Francisco.
“I’ve received positive encouragement from people far more expert than me, based on the videos I’ve knocked out with only my MacBook and YouTube as my publishing platform.”
“So, there’s lots and lots of journalism-related opportunities ahead for me.”
Gannett employs 41,500 people which makes it one of the largest private employers in America.
It is continuing to make cuts, with 1,400 redundancies announced yesterday as the slump in advertising revenue continues to take its toll.