Thursday, January 19, 2012

Jan. 16-22 | Your News & Comments: Part 3

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  1. Who needs Metromix bar shots when we've got USA Today action sports subsidiary BNQT.

    This week we've got the Bouldering Babes Gallery, "dedicated to some gorgeous gals getting a grip on some hard rock." Hah! Best photo from the gallery.

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    1. If you mainstream journalists could write like this circulation would be up! These professionals know their audience

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  2. Doesn't anyone know where Robin Pence landed?

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    1. Why do you care?

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  3. My personal favorites are #12 and 18 from the BNQT shots. Smokin hot!

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  4. Robin Pence's LinkedIn page (http://www.linkedin.com/in/robinpence) identifies her as "Vice President, Special Projects" since November 2011. ("Responsible for strategic communications in newly created position.")

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  5. a note on yesterday's blog. the 2012 budget was built with the expected drop in print circulation due to paywall. it's a planned move. print less spend less for newsprint, ink , labor. 40% drop is expected and budgeted. now come the cuts and buyouts.

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  6. 12:14..why does anybody think the paywall will drop print circulation? Paywall may in fact drive more people to the print copy. The thing that will hurt print is the idiotic price raise of the Sunday paper...here at least...to 3 dollars.

    It's just a shame the drive to digital is forsaking the print edition. There is no reason whatsoever why print and digital can't coexist...except the fact it would take people who actually know what they're doing.

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    1. And people who actually want to read a newspaper. Wake up. The horse breeders used to say, "There is a place fot the horse and that new fangled car thing." I didn't see any horses on I 10 yesterday.

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  7. There is an article in News & Technology Wich is an honest publication about the industry. That mentions that the majority of papers have an increase in circulation after the introduction of pay walls.

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  8. You're comparing horses and cars to newspapers? Cute.

    And those circ. numbers are a combination of print and online, not just print.

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  9. 9:58, you could, you know, set up a link to those. Or one of those.

    You must be one of those people who has someone at the office print your e-mail for you. Copy, stat!

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  10. Most people here are experts on the horse's back end and what comes out of it.

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  11. Don't be so modest, 8:48.

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  12. The Dickey Roadshow is coming to Louisiana in February.

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    1. 6:12: why is Dickey coming to Louisiana?

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  13. To the " Stock at $15.00 and I made money " from yesterday.
    I don't need a course in economics,
    I just didn't think that anyone who works for Gannett and is on this blog,would buy Gannett stock in the last year and and half at the low price and knowing all we know .

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  14. We in Detroit just got notice of a company wide(for non-union employees) 1 wk furlough to be taken by 3/25. Furlough scheds must be submitted by EOB Monday 1/23, lots of time to prepare......

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    1. Same thing happened to our site in cincy but it was announced before xmas. I guess it was supposed to be our holiday bonus.

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  15. Look, first... let's not be prudes here and be honest. There really isn't anything wrong with all those "Monster Babes" and "Red Bull Girls" photos on BNQT.

    That's their thing... that's their niche and they are playing up the legs and cleavage for all its worth. Fine.

    Why this is any issue at all is the sheer hypocrisy of it all on Gannett's part. Gannett's name is very prominent on these sites, as well as the MetroMix sites with all the drunk cleavage shots of 22-year-old club-goers.

    The "humor" and hypocrisy in all this is that for years, Gannett has preached and preached and waved its corporate finger at all of us about "women's empowerment" and diversity and fighting sexual harassment in the work place and all their seminars and training...

    And I am sure that all these photos would be banned from ANY Gannett workplace. And an argument can be made that by putting their name on these sites as the owner, Gannett is, in fact, encouraging the demeaning of women as sexual objects - and contributing to the sexual harassment of women.

    Basically, the issue is not the photos, in my opinion, but the fact that Gannett is wanting to have it both ways - a corporate champion in the fight against sexual harassment and hiring women, and also to profit from photo galleries of photos like a gallery of "Red Bull hotties doing their thing ...... From sassy sample girls to Art of Flight attendants..." that objectify and demean women for the purpose of making money.

    Gannett can't have it both ways.

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  16. 8:57 is what comes out the back end. Pure pile of crap.

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  17. Yes, Gannett wants it both ways because they only want the money they don't stand for anything, other than a way to make a buck.
    In the corporate world you won't be taken seriously unless you support women and minorities; so they do to make money.

    On the web sites it's boobs that make the money, so they are all for it. If they world changed so that it was profitable to to something else,even if it was wrong, Gannett would do it.


    This is what happens when there is no soul to a company. Yes, Gannett will be profitable for a time, but they have lost their soul and their mission.
    And for over half of the people who work here, or have worked here, it was about the soul and meaning of the business as well as making a decent living.

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  18. WELL SAID, 10:28. It is sheer hypocrisy.

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  19. @ 9:39 AM. You clearly do need a lesson in economics. THE WHOLE IDEA IS TO BUY LOW! That's how you make money. I added about 5k of GCI when it was under $4 and held on to it. Do the math.

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  20. Almost an entire week gone by and no vice presidential appointments at Gannett or USA Today. Something is wrong. Very wrong.

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  21. What paper is Dickey visiting in Louisiana?

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  23. Headline today on bnqt.com:

    MAN HIKES MT. EVEREST THAN TAKES ON 15 DAY TREK AROUND BASE

    Seriously.

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  25. 1:48 Your momas

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  26. PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR and the USA TODAY Sports Media Group announced today that they have entered into a five-year official marketing relationship through 2016.

    As part of the agreement, USA TODAY receives the exclusive U.S. rights to use the association and TOUR logos for sales and marketing purposes for the print and digital extensions of USA TODAY sports.

    The PGA TOUR will have the opportunity to purchase advertising at preferred rates and to develop several TOUR-themed special sections over the course of each year of the agreement.

    “The PGA TOUR is one of the premier sports brands in the world, and we’re honored that they’ve selected us as their partner, especially for the long term,” said Tom Beusse, President of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group.

    “We welcome the opportunity to work with the USA TODAY Sports Media Group and look forward to developing our relationship and leveraging this platform to bring added value to our entire family of corporate sponsors,” said Tom Wade, Chief Marketing Officer for the PGA TOUR.

    “The PGA TOUR is extremely forward thinking when it comes to creating value and impact for its sponsors,” said Merrill Squires, SVP, Leagues and Properties for the USA TODAY Sports Media Group. “They really understand the unique capabilities and assets we can bring them to help maximize great content and marketing opportunities for the PGA TOUR and its sponsors. We can’t wait to begin our collaboration with them.”

    About USA TODAY Sports Media Group
    The USA TODAY Sports Media Group, created in January 2011, encompasses all sports initiatives across USA TODAY, as well as Gannett’s 81 daily media properties, 23 broadcast television stations, HighSchoolSports.net, BNQT.com and MMAjunkie.com.

    USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY’s mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Today, through its newspaper, website and mobile platforms, USA TODAY connects readers and engages the national conversation. USA TODAY, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of nearly 1.8 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 5.4 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than ten million downloads on mobile devices. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

    About PGA TOUR
    The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning nearly 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour.

    The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

    PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 715 million households in 225 countries and territories in 29 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2011, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $118 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.7 billion.

    The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

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