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Hey! We're off to a good start. ;-)
Jim, I am getting a little paranoid : )Every time I post, you immediately end the string. So I am going to repost my comment from last night here:Blue Chip strategy. World Class sales team. Whatever. Name your division and switch around the puzzle pieces. It's all people managing toward their own retirement. Keep it moving, keep the pay, the false hope, the vague ideas, the stock options moving. Until I can get out of here with all the cash I can muster.How do I know? I was on that carousel. It didn't last long enough. But still, I'm glad to be out.But be aware: This is the mindset of your leaders. There is no hope, happy ending or strategy in sight. So please plan accordingly.
I started the year with a new attitude. Already I am feeling beatdown by the lack of communication from Senior Management. It is even more alarming that others I talk to feel the same way. Everyone is tiptoeing around the main issues here - low morale and terrible content in our newspapers. Is digital the way to go? I am not sure if the content is going to be the same as the print product.
Well, I can someone must have been at it this morning, with all the removed posts...I realized this week that I don't want to go on with my career in journalism. I wish I would've done something "real" with myself instead. I look back on the time I wasted and have nothing but regrets.
If you're young -- or "younger" (no older than 35) -- and frustrated with Gannett, do your best to build up half a dozen or so clips and go to the state or national gatherings of journalism groups and force yourself onto editors of good non-Gannett papers. You'll find that career prospects will be much better and that you will be evaluated on actual talent and performance rather than your enthusiasm for tweeting and your willingness to suppress dissenting thoughts. As long as you keep improving your reporting and writing skills to high-in-class levels, you will always have a place in journalism, whether in print or not.
Don't have regrets. The skills you learned in strengthened in journalism can transfer easily to many other lines of work. Identify what it is that is "real" to you and go after it with everything you've got. You'll know when you're on the right track.
Word of caution.... don't think you can be buds with Hunke
Does anyone have any info or insight as to the agenda of the new GPS division for the East Group Circ. departments?
GPS = no direction1:20 - you are so wrong. Everything in journalism prepares you to do so many things. Newsroom veterans need to learn to work in the "real" world, which means a more positive attitude, learning to like your boss, and not shooting from the hip quite so fast.The truth is, all that makes life better for you too. But you have done anything but wasted your career.And I'm not less than 35. I'm over 55. But it's still working for me and many, many others. Don't listen to the naysayers. Life is great after Gannett, but you also learned great things in your time there. Just wash the losers from your mind.
5:26 once more here:Before the shouting starts about why do I come here... I'll answer it myself.It's 2 parts therapy. 1 part still connected (I'm not quite at a year out yet). And 3 parts trying to encourage those left behind who aren't the ones with the guns.The ones with the guns? Very top management. They have sold their souls. And all the promises that they would always take care of you for your loyal years and years? Right. The emails must not have gotten through for some reason .....
It seems to me like GPS is the only division in this company with direction.
Yes, 1:20, you need to get a firm grip and a better attitude. You haven't wasted your life/career. If you were a decent journalist, you're prepared to do all kinds of jobs.
6:27: You sound like one of the flunkies helping with GPS. I even bet I know who you are. Directionless, always. And you sold your soul, too.
1:20 -- I think a lot of us feel that way at one time or another. Give it a little more time.
8:27 - Sorry, I don't work for this company. It just seems to me that print is the only place this paper makes money so GPS may be the only division to succeed. From everything I've read, Gannett is not profitable in the digital realm. You sound very bitter.
Bitter is the code word around here. GPS rocks.
"GPS" We need to here more... Someone knows what's goin on! HELP!
What do you want to know, 3:28?
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