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Its official, Indy going to shutter plant and print in Louisville, within 3 months. Union busting at it's finest. GPS sucks, its all so the big shots can get their million dollar bonuses.
Louisville press room is union. It's about economics not union busting. Geez union members have one note and never budge. But don't worry the heads of the union will still be paid. But let's not talk about that. It's the poor dude that's paid dues for years that's out of a job.
Official? You mean as in a memo or press release?
And so it goes, to be repeated, with impunity, throughout that far flung Gannett empire: furloughs, cuts and putting hundreds on the chopping block. being treated like costs on the books makes i t easy for management to do everything but the Right Thing,A few less senior level positions - particularly redundant ones- would solve much of the problem at USA today and it's verticals. We have to have more reporters who known how to produce and produce fast.
Changes coming to Life and Your Life tied to USA Weekend. Two meetings scheduled Friday morning. At least two have been poorly managed since susan Weiss left. Let's she whatnshencan do when she regains control. Some of the wellmpaod verticals managers may actually have to learn news gate to do some work for a change.
In 2003, the Courier-Journal spent $80 million to install a new press. Now they are going to shutter it? If so, this might be the most gannettish move yet for a company that majors in dumb-fuck decisions.
7:47 claiming printing is moving to louisville
Once again take an accounting course. It's all about depreciation.
Oops. I misread that. They will shutter Indy and Indy will be printed in Louisville. That makes sense, I guess. Better than shutting down the new CJ press, I guess.
I'll need to see it to believe it regarding the Indy shutdown.
If it's 'official', the pressroom hasn't been informed.
OK, so they are going to shutter Indy and print in Louisville ??? You know who is in Louisville---might not be a good idea !
BIG News Google stock earnings a major disappointment. Ads are way down. Stock down 8% on the news. Digital revenue ain't what everyone dreams it should be. Will never rival what print revenue was. Bye Bye Gannett.
Answer this question; When was the last time you actually clicked on an online ad? When did you click on two?
Is this an attempt at irony? Honestly think so, unless someone is so out of touch with earnings numbers to think Google's $8.13 billion in Q4 signals the end of digital.
I asked a simPle question. You were sarcastic but you didn't answer it.
While I disagree with flinging bs on this site. The poster(s)that have been dropping the bombs about print consoladations aren't completely witout merit. There have been discussions about multiple sites. Decisions have been made. Look for the "memos" within the mext month or so.
Jim, Does online advertising work? You just click on what you want to see, then go. Someone said that 50% of advertising is a waste of money, but you dont know what 50% it is.I do not think that this is the case for online advertising.
I don't know which way to go. We have a "Team Leader", a Supervisor and a Manager, none of which are on the same page. Neither knows what the other is doing. You ask 1 a question the other 2 get mad that you didn't ask them. All 3 micro manage, you can never do anything right, but seriously how hard can it be to manage 2 sales reps.
Big announcement at USA Today later today about the fate of USA Weekend and Your Life, the vertical that never really worked.Everyone wondering what will happen.
Regarding 10:47's claim about Indy's printing shifting to Louisville, I've checked with someone who definitely would know, and he says (quoting him) that it's "bullshit."
7:33 the only time I purposely click on an ad is on the box that says 'Close this ad.'
Wow, someone coming to this blog to spew bullshit in an attempt to spark fear in others. That's something you don't see everyday.
Meanwhile, Charles Apple weighs in on the former Virginian Pilot pub, who seems to be taking a cue from CD:http://apple.copydesk.org/2012/01/18/virginian-pilot-publisher-earned-bonus-of-more-than-a-quarter-million-dollars/
$250,000 bonus on top of $600,000 salary? That's small potatoes in Gannettland.
"Digital revenue ain't what everyone dreams it should be. Will never rival what print revenue was."Gannett will never match Google's $8B (!!!), but this whole sentiment reeks of bitterness.Furthermore, if you think print revenue stands a chance of becoming a glimmer of what it used to be, you're delusional.
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Dear Colleagues - I'd like to share some news on organizational changes within USA WEEKEND today. Chuck Gabrielson, president and publisher of USA WEEKEND, will be retiring effective 4/30/12. Chuck has been with Gannett for more than 35 years. We appreciate his many years of service and wish him well in the future. Going forward, I will serve as publisher of USA WEEKEND in addition to my other responsibilities. USA WEEKEND is a key publication in our portfolio serving a very valuable audience to our newspaper partners and to our advertisers. As publisher, I plan to put a renewed focus on USA WEEKEND and will be looking for ways to take it to its full potential for our audience as well as our advertisers. We are also announcing the following changes today: Michael O'Brien, formerly vice president of advertising for USA WEEKEND, has been promoted to executive vice president/general manager for USA WEEKEND with responsibility for advertising sales and newspaper relations. Heather Frank, previously vice president of consumer media for USA TODAY, has been appointed editor-in-chief of USA WEEKEND. Michael and Heather will report directly to me. The USA WEEKEND marketing staff will be incorporated into the USA TODAY marketing team reporting to Sandra Micek, senior vice president of marketing for USA TODAY. We are confident that these changes will position us well for the future success of USA WEEKEND. Dave Hunke
If Bryan Sturgeon has his hands in it, they will for sure close printing facility in Indy so he can look good in upper management eyes. He needs to worry a little more about his service and sales. I can't believe he is still around!
Sorry Jim, your pal in the know is not my pal in the know, who I asume is much higher up the chain. Let me get you some straight facts. its hard , they are keeping a lit on this as well as you can expect and no one but a few no about it. I will keep you posted on the Indy situation, you will be the first to knowGood day my friend
Heard corporate, possibly including Dickey, will be in Lafayette, LA, early February. Don't know if it's their only stop down South. Anybody know why they're coming?
Nice of Hunks to give Chuck half a paragraph. That's what 35 years get you at this souless company.
Wasn't saying print will make a comeback- just saying digital ads will never match what print revenues ONCE WERE. And Google know what they're doing and will continue to innovate. Gannett....not so much.
If you're reading, goodbye Chuck. You were a damn good manager and leader. Best of luck in your retirement.
here's some quality video from BNQT a Gannett Companyhttp://bnqt.com/blogs/detail/Follow-the-Fish-to-the-Beaches-of-Brazil/10887
Thursday Feb. 2CEO Gracia Martore will share her vision of the year ahead in Gannett. Division president Bob Dickey will share thoughts about what he expects in USCP in 2012.Kate Marymont, VP-news, will talk about our journalism priorities and explain a new training program to support the many initiatives underway — the CCI installation, Design Studio implementations, Content Evolution and the new business model rollout.
3:24 Ruh-oh. NEW BUSINESS MODEL?
JJC is back. http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20120120/NJCOLUMNIST11/301200013/1068/NJCOLUMNIST/I-m-immature-but-I-m-back
GCI closing at $15.39, wow.Some 1%ers' stock options at the Crystal Palace MUST be about to expire under water - that's the only reason I can figure for this uptick.
I made $2,000 today!! Thanks Gracia
3:34...would all passengers please fasten their seatbelts? We appear headed for some turbulence.
No, no, no...Everything is just great. No layoffs- Just rumours. Pay no attention to the people carrying boxes out of the Montgomery newsroom. All is well. Furloughs are a GOOD thing. Now- Obey. Good Gannett doggy.
Oh god, 5:20, thanks for the chuckle. Consider it fastened. We are going down.
I finally feel sorry for the former queens of Weekend, Brenda Turner and Carol Clurman. My have the mighty fallen. What happens to these two?
Those two? They will be replaced by Heather's BFFs.
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