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Long-time Gannett Blog readers will recall that I once published a special comments forum just for New Jersey employees, because so much was going on among the state's six Gannett dailies.
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Jeff Weber (Home & Garden/Health/Piscataway beat reporter for CN/HNT) was allowed a farewell column.
JJC has something over PG. PG has something over JJC. It's a stalemate.
Does anyone know why Cherry Hill stil has a ME and an EE? Earlier managing editor got layed off then there was none for 2 years. Now staf is even smaller, but both positions are full while hard working staffers are gone. WHy?
Please avoid attacks in individuals. I'm hoping this discussion will be about what's happening next with news coverage, advertising sales, etc.
Jim- your last post was totally futile. It's like asking the scorpion to NOT sting the turtle on his way accross the river.
JJC is a world of knowledge. He should have been kept. And for those of you who think that PG had no influence in the entire situation, think again. He spreads venom whereever he goes.
Forget the losses of the oldtimers' Tom Baldwin, Rick Malwitz and Paul Franklin. The biggest loss in the THNT newsroom was the decision to fire (legally "not hire") Michele Kuhn, the newsroom editor with 30 years plus knowledge of every town and politician and crook in Middlesex County. How she gets let go and there is a room on the chart for JJC suggests someone has a death wish for the Middlesex paper.
It's that last comment from 9:58am that's so troubling. How do you create content that people want to read, especially locals, when you fire ("legally not hire", like that truthism 9:58) someone with the knowledge and experience to make that content compelling or valued? There are many things wrong and right about what management is doing to recreate the business model. But this is one of their biggest and oft repeated blunders and will eventually render most of the company's local content irrelevant. Some people are worth keeping even if it means redistributing some of that fat cash hanging from the pockets of others who are far less deserving.
Funny story: I heard that someone who was interviewed was asked questions by the interviewer DIRECTLY from a manual. So one question was, "What will you bring to the News Journal?"The person was interviewing for a spot in the Gannett New Jersey Group.Good grief!
Laid-off Daily Record sports editor Frank DiLeo managed to get a final column into print today that slams Gannett: "We're all victims of corporate greed."
I bet Jeff Weber was allowed that farewell column because it showed his gratitude for having been employed there for however many years he was there. I didn't know Weber personally, but I've heard he's a class act. Heard he will have two more farewell columns on Tuesday. Anyone with three columns must have been doing something right. Gannett is losing a good one there, me thinks.
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