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Interesting comments in story about Ongo shutting down: "Online news service Ongo, which launched last year as a paid "aggregator" for various newspapers, said Tuesday it would close down by the end of the month.-snip- Haarmann said the timing was not right, with free news still widely available and a small number of publications launching "paywalls," or subscriptions for online access."What we're suffering from is there is still a lot of great, free content out there," he said.
So, how long was Newsgate down last night? Any papers miss deadline?
Are there any more layoffs to be reported????
One as position eliminated at Daily Record last week.
If NewsGate was a production employee that caused this many delays this often, would it still have a job? (The corollary to this is, of course, should the people that "planned" (and I use the term loosely and sarcastically) for NewsGate still have jobs?)
From Jones, Colleen on behalf of Marymont, Kate ...Cited for tenacity and courage, The Indianapolis Star and The Courier-Journal at Louisville share top FOI award The Indianapolis Star and The Courier-Journal at Louisville demonstrated the impact of tenacity and courage with two very different entries in the 2011 Best of Gannett Freedom of Information Awards. The Indianapolis Star was cited for a single, months-long effort that exposed the biggest scandal in Indiana in years. The Courier-Journal was cited for a range of work on many fronts that showed its unrelenting pressure on public officials to govern in the open. Three other sites were named finalists: The Burlington Free Press, The Poughkeepsie Journal and The Detroit Free Press. A special citation was given to The Post-Crescent at Appleton. Judges gave two top awards to put a spotlight on the importance of commitment in both cases. Great journalism happens when a reporter courageously challenges major institutions and has the commitment to stick with it for months. It also happens when an entire newsroom has the commitment to let no violation of FOI statutes go unchallenged. Neither is easy, but judges saw similar dedication across the entries in this year’s contest. There was excellent journalism and deep commitment across the board, regardless of size. The judges commended the work of every entry. The FOI awards honor Information Centers that fight legal battles for public records and meetings, adapt First Amendment efforts to online platforms, publish editorial campaigns to educate the public about FOI and open-meeting laws, resist pressure from government entities or special-interest groups seeking to suppress the news and campaign to force government entities to open the door to the public and the media. Judges were Barbara W. Wall, vice president/associate general counsel; Jack Marsh, president, The Freedom Forum’s Diversity Institute; and Kate Marymont, vice president/news. The two top winners receive $4,000 each; finalists receive $2,000.
Things NEVER change with GANNETT. So get used to your BAD Newsgate, that's all your getting.Whining and complaining to management goes no were.THEY DON'T CARE!!!!!!!!!
Thanks 5:38 for the ongo link.
Lovely note from Susie... I'm sure the rest of us in the field are so happy to read about the free ice cream for Tysons. Couldn't she have just sent them email to Tysons people only? ----------At USA TODAY, we’re used to discovering the scoops that make us the nation’s leading source for news and information.Now, the ‘scoop’ is coming to us.I am happy to announce that Ben & Jerry’s is making a special trip to Tysons to treat all of you to some well-deserved sweetness.Tomorrow, on Thursday, May 10th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in front of the building, it’s our turn to be given scoops – as in, free scoops of Ben & Jerry’s exclusive, new frozen yogurt flavors.Come out and welcome the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Truck, loaded with free FroYo and good vibes. The Scoop Truck is making a special stop at USA TODAY as part of their tour of the Capital. You can jump into the fun of the tour by tweeting the truck at @benjerrystruck on Twitter too.I look forward to seeing all of you there – dessert’s on us!Susie
This appeared on another thread moments ago:There were two layoffs at The Oshkosh (Wisc.) Northwestern May 8, 2012. Both in the newsroom. Apparently more to come
Free ice cream doesn't make up for furlough wee, Susie. And we aren't five year olds, even though you treat us as such.What a joke.
Oh, I get it! Scoop, like a newspaper scoop, but 'scoop' like a portion of ice cream. How terribly clever (and thanks for those quotes so nobody missed the joke). That's just the kind of creativity and imagination that drives Gannett management. Have an 'ice' day!
Wow so you even hate free ice cream. No pleasing you sad sacks.
11:45, my idea of a sad sack would be more like someone who so obviously misunderstood those posts. Hint: They weren't about ice cream.
I bet 11:45 will be first in line!
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11 AM, you need to adjust your attitude. Our furloughs are critical to providing for the health needs of retired executives, along with costly initiatives like the Cincy project to create a more suitable office for our Woman to Watch. This will increase WtW's visibility, except during her own furloughs, when she's heard but not seen.
The federal Labor Department's Woman to Watch.
CAPTCHA, not Catcha.
Who is going to get laid off to cover the cost of the awards?
Susie has nothing else to do but to make announcements on free ice cream? Don't we have a few vice presidents that could have done that?
Just booked my flight from the southeast to get my free yogurt at corporate HQ tomorrow. The total cost is about $1300 for the scoop. I'll be there and back on the same day, so I won't miss too much work.
1:35 - there is no price too high to pay for a good scoop of ice cream. Just so you know though - there will be no Cherry Garcia. Gannett procurement negotiated that out of the program.
Gannett will have to book a $4 million writeoff of its Ongo investment. And how will it be offset? By fewer flights on the executive jet? No. By fewer golf trips and country club memberships for the brass? No. By more layoffs, pay freezes and furloughs and higher out-of-pockets on health insurance? Bingo!
They'll be serving Vanilla, and Rocky Road.
Just inherited Gannett stock. Thinking about dumping it before it hits single digit value. Any thoughts??
Dump it now!
I figured they would come up with the new flavor to celebrate USAT: Hunke, Hunke Burnin Love
Ben and Jerry's gives free scoops as a social media campaign. Let's see, bring a bunch of reporters at USAToday free ice cream and they will TWEET about it.Susie realizes this is a social media campaign for Ben and Jerry's, right?She's even encouraging people to tweet about it.
Doesn't the FTC regulate this type of "paid endorsement"?Be careful all you reporters with reputations to uphold.Enjoy your ice cream but hold off on the tweeting.Where is Jody Gersh when you need some advice.
Stock question, and apologies if this seems stupid but I have no experience with such things.I'm a former very-longtime employee. I have some Gannett stock in my 401(k) that is still at Gannett.Not a lot but enough that it's galling and/or annoying compared to the other aspects of the plan which are far more healthy; secondly, I want no investment specifically in a company with overpaid directors who rewarded my entire career with a swift kick to the gutter.I see on the GCI site one can move money of course, but how does one just totally get rid of Gannett stock? Can one do that?Thanks for any advice. And don't thrash me. Like I said, I have no experience in this.
Special Gannett flavors: Cookie Crumbles and Have a Nice Payday (in which you get ice cream with bits of the candy bar for dessert when on furlough).
I thought it would be a limited-edition "Chunky Hunke," with blobs of dough and flavored with real Scotch.
3:38 - just move 100% to another fund, not a dollar amount. Too late for today, it would be applied to tomorrow's trading. 100% would ensure it all gets moved, regardless of the stock price.
Two scoops of "Maryam I Doing Anything?", please.Feel free to tweet about the awesome flavor with absolutely zero calories or fat - in fact, nothing to reflect any substance at all.
Free ice cream at the Crystal Palace? Oh, boy! When's Hawaiian Shirt Day?
Today I got a notice from NJ Dept of Labor and Workforce Development telling me to return the money I received for my furlough week. Reason: letter says I quit my job without good cause.Writing the appeal letter saying no I did not, I was employed not paid. Anybody else in NJ have a problem with unemployment payments?Did the NJ people who took the EROPs apply and did you get benefits?
Can anyone say who, or what positions, got cut in Oshkosh? Any others lately in Wisconsin?
For the person yesterday who said Florida Today's paywall is still activated: This is what I see when I go there..."Enjoy a free number of articles for the next 30 days."And I have been receiving that message since early in April.
That's not free ice cream, Susie Sellout. That's David L Hunke's going away party. Lick. Lick. Lick.
2:48, re: Hunke, Hunke Burnin LoveI don't care who you are, THAT's funny!!!
2:48 I'm what you would call a Troll and even I think it's hilarious !!!!
USA today has begun a national search for VP of Dairy Products. Bossy the Cow is already in the building.
Chairman Hunke is pushing to start an ice cream vertical.
GCI stock answer here:I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about such things. Here's a a six-month chart for GCI:http://one.realtimestockquote.com/neochart/neochart.dll?co=realtime&mode=-1&idx_sym=&sb=gci&cn=us&chw=1200&chh=800&inh=140&ty=2&ind=-6&inm=-1&sca=1&ref_rate=180&chk_mov=on&mov1=20&mov2=50&mov3=200&boll=0&lin=0&chk_vol=on&rsi=8&chk_sto=on&sto1=14&sto2=3&sto3=3&wil=12&macd1=12&macd2=25&macd3=9&roc1=16&roc2=8&mfi=14You should consider selling it when the stochastic (at the bottom) is above 80 , and the black line crosses below the red line. Look back at prior times this has happened, and you'll see the correlation.Now would be a bad time to sell, IMHO. The day before a quarterly report, if the stochs are in the 80s-90s, is a good time.I could make this company hundreds of millions of dollars if they wanted, but they chose to throw me overboard because I was too old. Funny - that wasn't a problem for the Pulitzer judges.
There were a few let go in Wisconsin, 2 Oshkosh, 1 Fond du Lac, more to the north but unsure of the exact numbers. Is this a regional blood letting? More to come, nationwide? Anyone have more feed back?
Revenue isn't there so the positions were cut. Just like when the Packers lose too many games, they get rid of the players instead of the coach - and try to win the game with 45 people on the roster instead of 53.What do you mean, that's not how you win?
Question: Is every site flying digital reps all over the country for training? At my site the 2-3 corporate digital employees are traveling 1-3 times a month. If we're suppose to be a digital company, hasn't anyone thought of teleconferencing?
Two interesting things from a terrible newsroom staff meeting in Louisville: exec editor Bennie Ivory says the old print business model is "done" and "never coming back." And we learn that gannett papers are not getting real iPad apps but instead "app like sites" because -- here is the real shocker --- gannett is trying to go around Apple so it doesn't have to share 30 percent of the revenue with Apple.
10:51, if true that is quite amazing for a company that co to use to brag about its iPad app success. But then duplicitous behavior is the hallmark of this management team, from the top to middle management. At the end of the day, weasels get you nowhere.
$4 million down the drain? That's chump change to this crew.
Those ice cream cones look like dunce caps on this crew.Ice cream? Really?
I sell my Gannett stock when it comes into the 401k account. Declining revenue and profits do not make this company a long term investment. You've seen this crew in action. Any reason to put your faith in a turnaround or mere stewardship of current assets? This gang does shoot straight. Heck, it doesn't even know how to load the ammo.
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