Saturday, October 29, 2011

Oct. 24-30 | Your News & Comments: Part 4

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  1. And another one bites the dust.

    Cox to consolidate editorial jobs and move to shared copy and design desks.

    http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/romenesko/151303/cox-media-papers-to-consolidate-copy-editing-other-jobs/

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  2. What's up with production in cherry hill moving to wilmington? Is this true?

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  3. I will take 4 furloughs a year, that's better than a layoff, plus I like my time off. Gannett is not and no longer will be my life. Tome to enjoy..That would give me 7 weeks off, plus I will make that money up in overtime when the other guys take their furloughs..Love it
    And I don'y make 50k a year, just under, but I will survive,, Gannett sucks

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  4. 9:41...it is sad to see what Florida Today has become. Sadder yet is Gannett not only has let it happen, they are the instigators. It's also sad to see how single copy is trying it's damdest to sell more papers with little signs on the store racks and putting enough papers out in most places so they won't sell out. All this while people are overcharged for less and irrelevant content. All the carriers are busting their tails trying to sell as best they can for it's their livelyhood too. Bottom line, the one Gannett is apparently turning their backs on, people still buy the paper, even in the shaoe it's in, and that only says more would buy it if it went back to what it has been, regardless of what "digital" is or does. sad state of affairs indeed.

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  5. 3:41, I've heard that, too. Wilmington now prints itself, Salisbury and USA. So with two press lines, I'd guess there's room for one more. Cherry Hill just needs to take the early press start that Salisbury has.

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  6. People still want a good read newspaper from Florida Today, it's a lot easier to take a paper with ya to the johnnie than it is to have the computer on your lap.

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  7. Florida Today is nothing special, it's all about the money, and just like every other paper they are not pulling it in. Get over it..not a special paper , just another lousy gannett paper

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  8. We know it's not a special paper!!!
    But it used to be, too bad GANNETT is so lame.
    FLORIDA TODAY will be gone soon, the FLORIDA TODAY logo is hardly used on any print like it used to be, would be easy to include somewhere else.

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  9. Can't imagine that printing of Cherry Hill courier post getting moved to Wilmington because cherry hill is union in press room and mail room, plus, cherry hill drivers are also union. Anyone with clarification and details including effective dates?

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  10. 7:55- Wilmingon is also a union shop. And no one said that the drivers or pressmens jobs were in peril. Wilmigton would have to ad third shift, and ship all the papers to Cherry Hill. The question is..... How many of those would transfer? The real question is.... did you read the fine print to the union contract? If you had you'd know about the 40 mile rule. It would be the individual union members choice not to accept a new position. The devil's always in the details.

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  11. So 8:41, is this a given (cherry hill) and if so, when would production cease and start in Wilmington?

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  12. Slorida Today started to go south when the current executive editor took over. His petulant finger-pointing management style and paranoia have driven away many fine people and those who remain are either scared to speak up for fear of being targeted or nothing more than ass-kissers. The paper is in bad shape and without the shuttle program, advertising has dried up for a mediocre at best product. There will be more layoffs and yes, the top three editors and their management puppets will also survive. My prediction is bankruptcy in two years or less and completely shuttering the newspaper within three years. This place is circling the drain. The double whammy of bad management and Gannett ownership spell out THE END for a once-great paper.

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  13. Do not kid yourself. Florida Today is still very profitable and a cash cow for both Gannett, the Florida Today publisher and the Florida Today Exec Editor.Let the good times roll~

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  14. So, how many times have you heard one of these blunders from a Gannett manager?

    http://www.businessweek.com/management/ten-things-only-bad-managers-say-09232011.html?campaign_id=rss_topStories

    I've lost count.

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  15. 9:34 I'm sure 30,000 NASA jobs going away had nothing to do with the economic situation at FT. Your tune is getting old. Since only news folks bash a local editor you must be one unhappy newsroom employee. You guys NEVER change your tune. When you finally do retire you end up starting a blog and bashing folks who are more successful than you ever were or will be. That's just how it works.

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  16. Do you people want to know where Gannett is making a lot of his money? from his investment in Topix, the number one internet portfolio of the Gannett, Tribune & McClatchy news corporation.

    Big problem. Topix is a rotten mess and its CEO, Chris Tolles, cannot stand newspapers and journalists. The guy has declared war on them, check him out:

    Speaking out to Chris Tolles, CEO of Topix

    http://open.salon.com/blog/virginia888/2011/10/15/speaking_out_to_chris_tolles_ceo_of_topix

    Here is his StreetFight interview where he declares Topix to be the new media solution for hyperlocal news:

    http://streetfightmag.com/2011/04/18/tech-qa-with-topix-ceo-chis-tolles/

    Q. "Does it make sense to spend money on professional journalists to create hyperlocal content?"

    Chris Tolles: "Well, we’re definitely pegging the needle on the other side of that. We’re basically saying that we’re going to spend nothing. Like, zero. And I think, so far, that’s actually been a relatively reasonable bet."

    "As a Silicon Valley person, journalism is just writing copy. Journalism isn’t a profession. Journalism is, in fact, merely the pretentious part of the ad copywriter role in some ways."

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  17. Look, GPS can print any paper any were it wants, shipping is not an issue. With declining circulation and today's modern Press's that can bang out 70 PPH, they can print a small daily, say 50 to 60 papers in these than an hour, SPEED IS NO LONGER AN ISSUE, Look for more print plants with single wide slow press lines to go down in 2012. They will pay for shipping, but save millions in payroll and benefits. Jim, numbers to come soon
    In the Loop

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  18. 12:01 the truth hurts,huh? Bye, bye Florida Today. Hope you survive the next wave of cuts. But do not fret about the managers, they'll be just fine and in fact, might even get a raise. And if you do make it, maybe our health insurance premium will go down again with less people.

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  19. 10:06 and 12:01 You sound like one of those people that think they are immune to losing your job. Pretty funny as ANYONE can be told to leave at any time- this also includes you. Don't hold your head too high in the clouds because there can be space made for you in the unemployment line. I've seen people kiss ass the whole time at work, you know what, that wasn't enough. so maybe you shouldn't be so proud to NOT WATCH YOUR BACK!

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  20. 5:21 am You're right about the spped. What is at issu is the setup time to change platees, etc. But it won't make that big a difference.

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  21. Cherry Hill drivers, pressman, mailers, dist managers, all have 2yr guarentee contracts, production going nowhere

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  22. 10:06 you make me laugh- your good time will be rolling soon, keep pumping up Florida Today's cash cow dream, they are loosing in revenue, cut costs to the hilt- it's just not really worth keeping (they are on GANNETTs list to drop) it would be better to combine printing and distribution at another site, if at all
    (you know like the same way they've done all the HUBS).
    I know this is whats going to happen.
    But you keep up that great attitude someone has to!

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  23. To 10:06 Do you not think that the publisher and x editor are filling pockets before the dump. Get real! You are vulnerable!!!!!!!!

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  24. 12:15 Thanks for that illuminating post!

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  25. From that Businessweek story on management someone posted link to above. Uh, sound familiar in the editorial ranks? (Hint: Oh, it's 2 p.m. Why don't we have anything for the front page tomorrow?)

    Drop everything and DO THIS NOW!
    Any manager can have a last-minute emergency that pushes everything else out of the way. Good managers pull this move sparingly and only in real crises. Poor managers do it every day, and they never remember the dozen equally critical (at one point in time) priorities they’ve already told you to drop everything else for. A good comeback if your manager has this habit is to answer, “Yes, of course. That’ll push [yesterday’s drop-everything project] to next Thursday—is that fine?”

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  26. 12:54. your on the mark, but we can change over a 6 unit all 4 high tower's in 20 minutes or less if we have the right amount of guys. That's full color on every page

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  31. 9:24 union=failure and jobs going overseas.

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  33. no union and Gannett sends it's ads out to where? not USA

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  34. @9:24 Ganett sends it's services out of the USA, get a proof back in time?

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  35. Unions grieve important things like Harry's right to keep. his job even though he's called in sick every Monday since hunting season started, is out of sick time but still feels it's his right to hunt deer rather than come to work. Yes respect and dignity. Unions exist for one reason, collect dues and line the pockets of their leadership.

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  38. Craig give it a rest already!! Goto bed

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  39. Craig was in bed a long time ago. If you had 27 MILLION-for-nothing, wouldn't you be sleeping easy?

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  40. I had a chu kle at 10:43's post. I used to sit in on grievance sessions and that is the kind if nonsense.we would duscuss. My favorite was a customer service rep in circ who used to disappear all the time and go take naps, while on the job. She got fired after a lot of warnings. They grieved it because we used the wrong form or letterhead. It had nothing to do with the fact that their dues paying member used to sleep during working hours!!! That's why I don't care for unions.

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  41. 1:18 PM, I can only hope that by "drop list", you mean sold. That would be wonderful! Instant profitably by not having to pay corporate outrageous amounts for the COE, RTC, GPC, CCC, NSC, GMTI and newsprint at a 200% of the spot market price.

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