Gannett recruiter Virgil Smith talks jobs and career options during Maynard tweet chat
Six days ago the Gannett Company’s USA Today announced it would layoff 70 people due to declining print advertising revenue. One writer called it “a total bloodbath.” This week Virgil Smith, the company’s vice president of talent acquisition and diversity, emphasized that Gannett is still hiring.
What’s behind the mixed messages? The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education hosted a tweet chat with Smith where he talked about job and career opportunities at the McLean, Virginia based media firm.
Smith joined Gannett as an associate publisher in Stockton, California in 1991 and was named president and publisher in 1992, before serving as the assistant to the senior group president of the Gannett Pacific Group in Reno, Nevada. In 1996, he served as president and publisher of the Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina) for 10 years. In September 2006 he was appointed Vice President for Talent Management for the Gannett Company. In August 2014, his responsibilities were changed to focus on diversity initiatives for Gannett.
Gannett has 770 open positions, Smith said.