Monday, December 12, 2011

Dec. 12-18 | Your News & Comments: Part 1

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26 comments:

  1. Yawn, it's so boring reading my Wisconsin site online these days. The best part was reading the story comments, and those have gone out to pasture. Guess I'll have to look elsewhere for my fun.

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  2. Say what you want - positive or negative - about Martore, but one thing cannot be denied even by the most delusional. She now sits atop one of America's worst companies for employees. No jargon-filled series of corporate missives can change that.

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  3. At least we're not Enron - there's no thinking person that has their 401(k) massively overloaded with Gannett stock.

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  4. 165 layoffs (16 percent) under way at Tampa Tribune http://tinyurl.com/7zugrex

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  5. Still waiting for the Gannett bloodletting to start. It's not like Gannett to miss a trend like the current round of layoffs going on in the industry.

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  6. Not Gannett-specific, but industry-related: Media General is cutting 165 jobs at the Tampa Tribune and TBO.com -- about 16% of the workforce.

    http://www2.tbo.com/news/breaking-news/2011/dec/12/165-layoffs-under-way-at-tampa-tribune-sister-pape-ar-333846/

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  7. What are the chances of spinning off Gannett Broadcasting?

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  8. I hope a Journal and Courier newsroom staffer will update us all on the big announcement after the 4:30 today...please

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  10. Major layoffs in Tampa announced today.

    http://www2.tbo.com/news/breaking-news/2011/dec/12/165-layoffs-under-way-at-tampa-tribune-sister-pape-ar-333846/

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  11. Ugly new out of Lee and Media General. Along with Gannett, how much more proof do we need that the days of professional journalism (and sales forces, etc.) are over. Get ready for Patch-like salaries and no benefits. Even non-profits that got a ton from the likes of the Knight Foundation and others, like Voices of San Diego and the pretentiously-named Center for Public Integrity laid off people last week.
    Only a few big names like the NYT will survive.
    If you're not working as hard at prepping for a new career as you are toiling for Gannett or another media company, please get going!

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  12. Those 165 laid people at The Tampa Tribune are reeling in part because there's no one like Jim to do a consistent blog about what Media General is doing. I for one am grateful to Jim and have a donation to him on my Christmas list.

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  13. Included in the Tribune layoffs are many parents, plus a long time staffer whose spouse recently passed away. It's two weeks before Christmas. MG is a pathetic company with pathetic management. I thought Gannett was bad until I worked for MG.

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  15. Ha! It's funny when people call other people names anonymously.

    But "Retardinan?" That's not even a very good insult name. Come with something stronger next time.

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  16. The broadcast division should be spun off, so that the newspapers stop being a drag on their value.

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  17. 3:55 you sound kinda funny! boring cuts!
    grow up!

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  18. Craig Get A life!! Quit Hogging the Blog with Posts that eventually get removed!!

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  21. More smoke and mirrors tomorrow at Brevard:

    Please plan to join me tomorrow Tuesday – Dec. 13 – at 4:00 pm in the Community Room for an employee meeting to give you an update on the product changes / accomplishments in 2011 and plans going forward in 2012.

    I appreciate all your efforts and look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

    Mark Mikolajczyk

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  22. he's been gone - get over it already-
    who cares!
    How about you call him- sounds like you have something to say!

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  23. The unfortunate reality is the newspaper industry is an industry in decline with senior management looking to milk a few more years of high salaries. And let's face it, anybody still employeed should also be looking out for their own best interests (which should include job hunting!). My heart goes out to all who don't have clear futures in sight. I was let go a few years ago and it was painful, but I have a good job now. There's nothing better anybody could do then get a job and quit, there is no future in the newspaper industry as there is no clear business model. What has been a fairly quick down-trend will only speed up. Look at revenue and circulation over the past 3-4 years, there is no light at the end of the tunnel and Deal Chicken won't save the company. Look at the building around you, how could it be sustained with coming years like the last few? For those Gannett supporters, prove me wrong- Tell me about a positive trend, positive plan... Something that says there's a future and not just another great idea never tested with a new V.P. with no newspaper or real media experience. I love what was the newspaper industry and it hurts me to see empty racks at 7:30am, poor writing, a newspaper filled with internal ads and mistakes. I'm disgusted at the lack of vision and the associated salaries top management is enjoying.

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  24. So what is this is"Big announcement" I keep hearing about? I have heard it is GPS related.

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  25. The big announcement is a pay wall.

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