After more than 6 years of publishing, Jim Hopkins shuts down the Gannett Blog
The Gannett Blog from former USA Today editor and reporter Jim Hopkins has shut down. Hopkins launched the blog in 2007 and kept it going on the Blogger platform for far longer than many other media blogs.
Hopkins told his readers on Friday that he had decided to shut down the blog when considering that Gannett is becoming more of a broadcast company than a newspaper chain. Many media observers believe that Gannett will eventually divest itself of its newspaper holdings, or at least spin the division off into a new company. Hopkins also recently turned 57, and said it was “a turning point to pursue new adventures while saying goodbye to old ones.”
Hopkins is a graduate of Brown University and worked as a business reporter for the Pine Bluff Commercial. Hopkins joined Gannett in 1987 as a reporter at the Arkansas Gazette. Hopkins worked 20 years for Gannett, his last eight as a blogger and reporter for USA Today covering technology.
Hopkins said his Gannett blog was read by about 15,000 readers each month. But it was the large number of comments that was one of the unique features of the site. Readers often confirmed rumors, reported on layoffs, and sparred with other commenters as readers supported or criticized the latest moves by the newspaper division. Hopkins said the site generated over 7,000 comments. Most were anonymous.