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Is G A N N E T T having trouble filling jobs - the ones it hasn't eliminated yet?Wondering if the blog, articles in trade mags and the recent on in Forbes, as well as the word that gets around in the communities, are keeping smart people away from the company.I sure wouldn't waste time there...Just curious.
Just saw Washington DC Deal Chicken TV commercial. Very cool. Great job team!
In Louisville, our front page routinely has two wire stories in the last few weeks since the layoffs. The rule of thumb used to be one wire story and three produced by staff. Sad. We keep giving people less and less, hoping they won't notice. Of course they will.
Hey .Did another week go by with no new or at least announced layoffs?Wow ! Once again they want you to relax and feel as if your job is secure so that you work your ass off for them and put out good work.Maybe even work harder than before because once again you will feel like this is your lifetime carreer,just like before they started the bloodletting.Maybe some will even stop tuning up the resume and stop applying for other jobs.Yes ,by all means put your heads even farther down in the sand.Your carreer is safe,Gannett is good.
I don't feel like my job is in jeopardy but I am getting my resume together anyway and looking for somewhere else to work because I am tired of the furloughs. This ship is sailing.
I foresee a day in the near future where many of Gannett's "newspapers" will be entirely online.And their former presses for sale...on Craigslist.
And their former presses for sale...on Craigslist. They don't sell them, they scrap 'em.Nobody wants them.
In all fairness, I'm giving a shout-out to all the Dan Peek fans! May Dan, Rest In Peace!For those who didn't know, Dan Peek was one of the founding members of the 70's musical group "America," and has passed away according to a post on his website, at the age of 60. DanPeek.com
"2 charged with stealig cooper... "Now is this a headline or what? Taken from the online version. Hopefully the paper has it better. I know the school system is getting terrible but this is ridiculous.
@10:40Maybe they kidnapped a barrel maker?
To the OP - I don't think any media outlet is having trouble filling positions if they do actually decide to fill them. There are more people in J schools now than ever before. When they get out they will take almost ANY full-time job, from Patch to weeklies to whatever.
Any Barbie Twin sighting?
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Jim,Thank you for removing 10:35AM. It's wrong to be putting people's names in rumor posts like that, even if layoffs are around the corner at USAT.
Talk about a weak vote of confidence from a stock market analyst: 'Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI) has a better Altman Z-score of 3.13 which places it among firms which are likely safe from bankruptcy in the next year though it is not out of the woods." http://seekingalpha.com/article/283382-5-companies-facing-headwinds
So he takes a rumor about Ed off but allows the KC posts to stand. Hypocrite
2:43 I remove inappropriate comments as quickly as practical. However, I'm not online 24/7, so sometimes there are delays.
I left Gannett years ago and work for another journalism company that is also going to hell. Just checking in to encourage blog readers to spend part of their Sunday doing what I am doing - applying for jobs outside of journalism. The business model is broken, and I don't want to be part of an enterprise in which standards have greatly diminished and the future will be filled with low wage serfs. The economy is miserable and not getting better soon. All the more reason to keep trying. If you are lucky enough to still have a job, try your best to dedicate one to two hours a day. If you are currently without a job, Godspeed and do the best you can to structure your days looking for work and keeping your families fed. Thanks, Jim for this blog so that we can encourage one another.
Really people. This isn't Jim's fulltime job. It isn't even a job. It's more a passion, or public service. He's not obligated to monitor it 24/7. Or even 4/5 for that matter. People should appreciate he does it at all, or then you'd REALLY be in the dark, about everything. A sure sign that it's effective is CD's 'that blasted blog' remark after his pathetic attempt to make an "I'm suffering too" statement to rank/file. What an absolutely tone-deaf, pathetic man.
3:54 I beg to differ, this is his one and only job. Providing a vehicle where a moron can suggest Performing sexual acts on a female colleague crosses the line even for a Mirror Award winner. If you're going to run with big dogs you can't pee with the puppies. If you can't monitor than shut it off for those time periods. What was posted today is NOT ok. Geez she is a mom of two you low life Moron.
5:17 I am not a Troll unlike you I am a caring human being. Jim you owe her a formal apology for allowing that series of posts. If you were a legit journalistic vehicle you'd make that apology. You sir have a decision to make. And don't turn this into Dubow lovers vs Jim lovers. You are the owner, publisher and editor. Step up and tell your readers this is not ok. And do it with the same energy you demonstrated when you went after the Freedom Forum
3:50 is correct and may I add- I left Gannett a couple years ago and now have a great job at close to what I was making, but I learned a quick lesson all should pay attention to. I was informed by recruiters I followed up with as well as some resume writing people that I should reduce any reference to the newspaper industry. Instead, simply list job skills and of course, tailor any resume to the position applying for. Everybody at Gannett and any other newspaper should be actively looking for a job before they're forced to which is inevitable. And it’s always better to look for a job while employed. I would ask- Please look at your resume to make sure there are no reference to skills pertaining to newspapers unless applying at a newspaper. You’ll have better luck.
I'm curious how Gannett makes money from Deal Chicken. I'm told advertisers have to cut prices in half and they get half the selling price, (1/4 the original price). Deal Chicken then gets 1/2 the selling price. I think I heard Gannett gets half of the Deal Chickens' 1/2. Which while this would add up, is a far way from common print advertising revenue.
For those blasting Jim about comments. Do you ever follow the story chat at your parasite newspaper? Love when they blame the parents that just lost a child. Myself would much rather be called a name then have it implied that I somehow caused my own child's death. And those posts don't come down.
5:55 so from your point of view it's ok that a low life and his friends proposed sexually assaulting a female colleague. It's ok because other morons post in other sites. I just wanted to clarify. How about this, sometimes things are simply wrong and a true compassionate human being says so. 1000 blogs might allow it, it's still wrong. That's all I am saying. As the publisher he needs to take a stand. I was at lunch doesn't cut it. Sorry, it's simply not ok to provide a forum where low life's can advocate having sex with a female colleague. Or male for that matter., take a stand 5:55. It's ok or it's not
The Wilmington News Journal is now charging customers an extra 50 cents if they want the Sunday TV listings with their paper. Any other Gannett papers doing that? Seems odd to me.http://delawareonline.upickem.net/engine/YourSubmission.aspx?contestid=34701
6:47 another person who has chosen not to learn how his/her business works. Tv guides are not profitable. Given the myriad digital listings they are a thing of the past. The majority of readers throw them away. So if you really want it you pay 50 cents. Come on people if you are going to dissect our business in public learn your business. He'll TV Guide changed their whole magazine because people wouldn't buy it
No it's not right but it happens here as well the papers. Difference is Jim takes it down. Yet the stupid story chat stays up. Example was last week woman missing in asbury park most comments were disgusting but they remained. Posted by ignorant racists.
I support Jim's efforts at this blog but his too lax, anything-goes attitude allowing just about anyone with a grudge to denounce executives, managers, co-workers and innocent bystanders is partially to blame for the ugly sexual posts that too often get through.Given what anonymous posters here say about "drunken" bosses, "leering" managers, the stupidity of executives, and other slander leaves little wonder that even worse stuff gets through.Why wouldn't someone therefore think, "gee, I can say anything I want and no one will be the wiser. I know, I'll call the publisher a whore!"Add the rightful anger everyone's feeling right now, and that's a formula for ugliness.I am not sure what the answer is. Checking posts before hand is cumbersome and non spontaneous when valuable discussions happen. But this cannot be unregulated because the experience has proven there's too many real people with real reputations that are too easily ruined.Jim needs to decide how to fix it.
7:06 "yes but" I think you made my point. My comment had nothing to do with Gannett or any other site. Yes but is not ok. If you were a real person you would have condemned the post and attacked Gannett another day. BUT you just can't. It's not your nature. How proud your Mon and sisters must be
7:17 you should have the same outrage daily because I'm sure your paper story chat is offensive on a daily basis but you probably say nothing. Two reasons you don't know the people under attack or are afraid to question anything for fear of being labeled a troublemaker.
7:27 if you weren't a child and as our good friend Monsieur Sevier likes to say, if you could speak French, you'd know it her husband's family actually pronounces I'd Crosh Fell. But your lack of a high school education has elevated you to a place in life where funny names and uncles who elicit screaming laughter when they ask you to pull theit fingers rule.
7:54 once again you are making it about Gannett. So you don't know her. Are you saying it is ok? Please answer before Jim pulls the string. Unless people are bashing Gannett, comments are removed
8:01 I don't think it's right wherever it appears. But reality is it appears and the best that can be done is taking it down. So I think Jim does the best possible by taking it down.
At least Jim eventually pulls down the offensive comments. At the G site I work for, offensive comments are left up forever.Want to get around the moderation? Simply use special characters @$$hole. The bots can't or don't catch them. Want to some of the finest examples of racism in the country, visit the comments section of an immigration story - the comments are very seldom pulled down. Flat out expletives are edited by the bots, which simply insert "inappropriate term" but otherwise it's the wild west. Jim does better job of moderating this blog than our management team does of moderating our site.
7:54You are so full of crap. Of course no one is saying that such comments are ok.But, the only person responsible for the comments is the person who wrote and posted them. Get back under your bridge.
Delaware reader asked..."Any other Gannett papers doing that? [Charging extra for TV listings] Seems odd to me."The Arizona Republic charges their supscribers 25 cents a week for an "enhanced" TV Week (what was once thrown in.) Sunday single copy purchasers get a dumbed down version. Everyone else gets daily tv listings printed in their paper. Equally odd.In the Republic's quest to further alienate tv viewers, they have also chosen not to list "sub-channels" which are a growing part of local broadcaster's line ups here in the Phoenix area.
8:31 why can't you just say you agree the marginalization of a female colleague is wrong. Why does there need to be a but........
8:54 I agree but you seem to be outraged when they appear here about someone you know. Jim takes them down in a timely fashion doing it by himself but they remain up at gannett sites with an entire team to monitor them.
7:58 You must be one of those corporate goons or a journalist that thinks he or she is better than everyone. Little do you know that I have a MBA and I am well educated. However, I do have some humor that I like to share from time to time. So go back to your little world as your newspaper world will end in the next five years.
7:58 I do not recall running into any Crotchfelt's in Paris or western France when I visited. Have you?
9:19 you'rrkidding right. You went to France and didn't run into......... Great comeback.
9:17 so you have an MBA and still find time to laugh at a women's last name. Pull my finger! Next you'll tell us you went to Harvard. Sorry professor but I'm tired of low life's denigrating women on this Blog. Discussions about leadership...fine. Personal attacks on women, I'm calling you out.
I have to agree, it should NOT be up to Jim to monitor this 24/7...what happened to common courtesy and decency? That's the problem with the world, every time ONE person does something wrong (yes, I'm aware I'm exaggerating to make a point), we have to declare a law for EVERYONE. People just aren't really very kinda anymore, and respect is an unknown word to many. I, too, read the original post, with the person's name in it, and thought "Wow, how does this person come off saying that, when it hasn't happened?" Not for a minute did I feel Jim was responsible for the post. THE PERSON WHO POSTED IS RESPONSIBLE...and a shithead to boot!
@7:58 - Kevin C. does not pronounce his last name "Crosh Fell".
so what is the deal about artist/switch? Can someone enlighten me? Are they going to make a Creative Artist hub or something now and get rid of the creatives?
7:27, I have a High School education and her name is spelled Crotchfelt. Pronounce it any way you'd like the fact is she treated people like garbage in Phoenix unless you were one of her little groupies in the Marketing Department. She also had a very clear habit of keeping female employees.I suppose to be fair, it would be nice to know how her name's really pronounced. But I didn't know her to be a very fair person.
9;59 thank you for finally telling the truth. You are male, you don't like her so you took your MBA education and made fun of her name. Finally someone who told the truth.
9:54 I know but it did get you haters going!!!! In France where his people come from, that's how they pronounce it!
9:04 - Dude, you're spinning in circles so fast you're going to get your tail stuck up your nose.You say: I agree but you seem to be outraged when they appear here about someone you know. Jim takes them down in a timely fashion doing it by himself but they remain up at gannett sites with an entire team to monitor them.8:54 was my first post here ever so it's impossible that I "seem to be outraged when they appear here about someone you know."Don't know who the comments were about. Seriously don't care. Didn't even see them because they'd been purged already by the time I meandered by.
Another spectacular day here at the blog. Great moderation again today, Jim.
Yes, @ 6:47 other newspapers are doing this or something similar. Being a "sales monkey," as someone put it, I can vouch for that. A good number of papers have cut content in general. I cannot remember exactly which ones changed tv guide just now but I believe there were at least six. I will check my email when I get to work and update tomorrow.
10:13, No just a B.A. and her name is Crotchfelt, she did treat people like garbage in Phoenix and if you were to look into her hiring and firing practices in Phoenix you'll find (and perhaps by chance) more females than males.And yes, I'm telling the truth and I'm male.
Her management practice is to favor women and not men that were below her. However, if they were above her she is fine and cannot control that other than playing the same old Gannett role of "YES" man or woman. What a puppet.
9:44 Not Harvard. Just KU for BA and UT for MBA.
12:32 This is the kind of crap that our Industry gets when people like Crotchfelt gets promoted. Gannett what a joke.
I'm male and worked in her department. I never felt slighted due to my gender. She is a true leader. We need more like her and less of the Gannett Blog cry babies. If you don't like her, now is the time to get out, as she will someday be running the company.
Used to love working for Gannett. Now, I'm astounded at how amateur the whole organization seems. So, I'm taking a pay cut to get out, and I'm actually excited about it. Go figure.
Man Sues Hilton for Tricking Him Into Reading USA Todayhttp://gawker.com/5826312/man-sues-hilton-for-tricking-him-into-reading-usa-today[San Francisco Chronicle]If Hilton hotel guest Rodney Harmon had known that the USA Today left by hotel staff outside his door wasn't free, he wouldn't have read it. But he did read it, and the hotel charged him the 75-cent fee, so now Harmon's suing Hilton hotels in federal court.It's mind-boggling that Harmon wouldn't gladly pay 75 cents, or even twice that amount, to start off his morning with a copy of America's best angel-news source, but some people are just unusual. Because many U.S. hotels provide free USA Todays to guests, Harmon assumed that his hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Sonoma County Airport, was no different. When he received his hotel bill, he discovered the 75-cent charge for the stealth paper and concluded that he had been "deceived" by trickery.Surely Harmon couldn't have been the only consumer to fall for this "free" paper scheme. On Wednesday, he filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on behalf of all Hilton hotel guests who might have been similarly duped: Harmon accused Hilton of deliberately hiding the newspaper charge by describing the fee in an "extremely small font which is difficult to notice or read" on the sleeve of the room card. [...] "The alleged consumer injury is substantial, causing millions of guests at defendant's hotels to unwittingly part with money for a newspaper they did not request and reasonably believed was provided to them without charge," the suit says.Saddling guests with unwanted newspapers isn't the only harm done by Hilton, Harmon's suit points out: The wasted papers are an "offensive waste of precious resources and energy," said the suit, which also said that "deforestation caused by paper production is a matter of concern and worry in this state, country and worldwide."Calling USA Today an "offensive waste" is mean, but sometimes the truth hurts.[San Francisco Chronicle]
All:The vast majority of my readers prefer the commenting rules that I've maintained for nearly four years now. They won't work for everyone. Readers who are offended by what they read here may want to consider starting their own blog about Gannett.
Agreed Jim. For the life of me I can't fathom why people go someplace they hate, they're unwanted, they bitch constantly while they're visiting and they have to let everyone know it. I've got in-laws already.You're not even telling them to start their own newspaper, blogger software is FREE. It costs nothing to build your own sandbox to poo in however you like.
Enough already of the Jim stuff. What he's doing is his business, and he makes clear on this blog where he's getting the money from. So why all the constant carping about the editor or the rules of this blog. Get used to it. You don't have to read it if you don't want. Didn't cost you a dime, did it?
Forget this Crotchfelt stuff....She's just one more G A N N E T T exec who's ushering the company out of the newspaper business. Let's move on!
I worked for Karen Crotchfelt indirectly in Phoenix and she was a total nightmare. HR was always trotting into her office, trying to clean up the messes. She called people names, humiliated people in meetings, and just generally was a horrible manager as my boss and her other direct reports were always commenting. She was smart, we can't take that away from her, but her behavior was atrocious. I feel bad for the people in Indy.
@3:33, it is just not necessary and such an ineffective way to manage people. Why can't Gannett learn from its mistakes?
You're an idiot, 6:43 a.m. Let me explain.It would be only Jim's business if it weren't a public blog. When he chooses to allow inflammatory, ignorant, personal comments on a daily basis, then it's no longer only his business.He and you are too stupid to grasp this, I know. But someday there will be karma. Jim will not be on the winning end of that.Also, his response of "You should start your own blog" is typical of his personal ignorance, which he seems to revel in more each day.
Jim says: "Proceed with caution; this is a free-for-all comment zone. I try to correct or clarify incorrect information. But I can't catch everything. Please keep your posts focused on Gannett and media-related subjects. Note that I occasionally review comments in advance, to reject inappropriate ones. And I ignore hostile posters, and recommend you do, too."
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