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To 4:37 pm Sun. Has the rest. called Fl. Today to complain? has any customers?rack service was taken away from single copy carriers a long time ago now and given to home delivery. Someone should have known that spelled disaster from the get go. HD carriers will care about their deliveries first and the racks...maybe. I would also guess that they discovered what SC carriers have had to deal with all along....theft...either from customers or other HD carriers. That's still no excuse to not service the rack. There's ways to deal with stealing.The way they are once again pulling racks fromt he street it most likely won't be long before that rack disappears.
How's the old USA TODAY prepress group? Any of you folks out there??
Jim, about that link you posted Saturday to your earlier note on the Cincinnati Enquirer's "now famous f-ck photograph." That was actually the SECOND time in six months that the Enquirer printed the f-ck photo. It ran in November and again in April.
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Explain your lack or results now, Murcko,, Banimarim, Micek and Consavage. Less time on the French Riviera and building your silly wall and more focus on WORK are in order,
Leave it to a Gannett writer to give The Dark Knight rises its first negative review. Bunch of whiners!
FYI, slashdot is always worth visiting for various reasons. Here's an episode with the Chicago Trib and Journatic. (The comments read a lot like those found here regarding staff cuts and the resulting decline in quality.)http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/07/16/1358235/chicago-tribune-stops-the-journatic-presses
First Lady Michelle Obama visited Westchester. The Journal News had a reporter on the scene, but no photographer. (I guess it's everyday the First Lady visits the county? Actually, it was her first trip there in two years.) The reporter described the First Lady as wearing a white flowered dress. An AP photo of the First Lady in Louisiana on a separate trip shows her wearing a yellow dress. Just amazing incompetence and lack of effort as well. Embarrassing.
From yesterday's thread re: employee handbook. My site had one. My favorite part was the graph about the Open Door policy wherein an employee could take a problem over their boss' head if that refused to address a problem (or in this case, created it). I finally availed myself to the policy with a rather serious behavior issue on the part of that boss. Once. I found out what they meant was "Don't let the 'open door' hit you in the ass on your way to unemployment."
Our pod lost all power here at The Az Republic and we were instructed to call the new service number-we ended up talking to someone in VIRGINIA!!!! I guess that this is how it will be since they laid off all the long time service personnel around here, though to be honest, many quit rather than sign on with the new company. I guess it is time for an extended lunch as I don't see this problem repaired for a while. Back to my dead computer-tata!
Asheville: So what is the outcome of the Pay Wall at the Asheville Citizen Times. Is the market large enough to support a digital only subscription? Or is the Asheville metro area gonna get their news from somewhere else while they still can? Any thoughts on this?
@1:16...this type of half-assed coverage has become the norm for the Journal News. So damn sad to watch.
Amidst the mixed messages from today's earnings . . . have a look at what Warren Buffett has to say about print.Notice especially the final sentence in the second paragraph.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-13/buffett-poised-to-add-newspapers-as-publishers-face-slump.html?cmpid=yhoo
The Greenville (SC) News puts its building up for sale.http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20120716/NEWS/120716006
What a coup for Yahoo: Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next chief executive of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.Yahoo announced the choice late this afternoon. Mayer is 37 (!), according to this New York Times story.
Anything on today's town hall webcast?
I was wondering what happened to Ken Kirkart's prepress group at USA TODAY? Are those people still part of Gannett, or were they laid off?
It sucked - except the part where Gracia was tripped uP with a question
5:59 Thank you sooooo much for the info. Paper customers & the rest. have tried to deal with customer service- to no avail. But I will gladly pass on what you had to say, sounds right. Too bad because they sure are missing out on a lot customers that like convienant print. Thanks again! Rockledge!
Regarding Google's Marissa Mayer being named Yahoo's new CEO:I guess Google doesn't consider Yahoo a competitor? Because if it does, I would think it would go to court to prevent Mayer from taking that job.Typically, these senior execs sign contracts that include no-compete clauses in order to protect trade secrets and other proprietary information.
There seems to be a trend brewing with young (30s/40s) fairly high ranking types fleeing Gannett in past couple months.• Joe Macdonald leaving Westchester to be an accountant.• Indy Star's AME Scott Goldman left GCI for somewhere in New Jersey.• In Lafayette, ME Henry Howard left the journal and Courier.• Digital Director Belinda Thurston quit the Lansing State Journal.First, question: What do they know that we don't? Second question: Wouldn't this seem to cause an issue since boomers are being bought out? Who will be among the next generation of leaders?
They aren't competitors.Google is a search engine.Yahoo! is a life engine.At least that's what they are programming advertising with.
Any word on who's replacing McDonald at TJN?
6:38, Strange controversy with that group. Bizarre group and appalling stories. Especially considering the stories of "Big-K" and DF. (DF in this case means Dum F---.) For real? I m sure that is a different promotion game than what is permitted. The poor people that had worked with that garbage throughout the years.
I haven't seen Westchester's coverage of the first lady, but I can telhe you that the White House is VERY restrictive about who can cover what, when and where. Chances are a photog was not allowed. Chances are also that she changed clothes between appearances.
PointRollers... ever hear of an increase in "number of advertisers that worked with them"? What does that mean... (certainly does not mean an increase in revenue) from Gracia in Today's Q and A..."And then at PointRoll, obviously, the good news at PointRoll is that they saw an 18% increase in the number of advertisers that worked with them this past quarter. They saw additional campaigns but they did see there is pretty much globally pressure on pricing. And so they, too, as a business are looking at redefining some of the things that they have historically been doing and repositioning themselves for other areas of growth. So I think that sort of, in a nutshell, gets you to what I think you're looking at."
Anybody heard any backlash from DealChicken Shreveport's posting Sunday of a bowl of ice cream covered in prescription pills wishing everyone a Happy National Ice Cream Day?! It would be too funny if it weren't so par for the course.
This is the takeaway Gracia M. emailed to the troops after the town hall meeting today:Dear colleagues, At today's Town Hall, we talked about one of the most important things we do as an organization and that is serve our communities. That is truly the heartbeat of Gannett. It is who we are and how we put our purpose into action. To further support those efforts, I’m pleased to share with you additional details about the Community Volunteer Program announced this afternoon. The new program offers employees up to 10 hours of paid time off during each calendar year to volunteer for charitable organizations within our local communities. And 10 hours really does make a difference! If every one of us participates this year, that is more than 250,000 hours of service we would provide through the Community Volunteer Program alone. And remember that those 10 hours are eligible for the VolunteerMatch program where you can turn your volunteer efforts into dollars. I am so proud of the spirit of giving and the commitment to making a difference in the lives of others that exists at our company. It has a meaningful impact and I thank you for it. Best regards,GraciaSeems like a nice idea. Lots of companies encourage volunteerism with a paid-time allowance. I think volunteering is great. But how does this help us with the mission of generating unique, compelling content after the pay-, er, all-access subscription model is in place? That's what I want to hear about. Is Gannett trying to take over the United Way?
9:37 pm Right on all accounts. The Cablevision trolls pop in here nearly every day spreading misinformation and taking potshots. They should spend more time working on their anemic web site. They had another "exclusive" yesterday that LoHud.com published last week.
9:37 - Try again. The file photo of the First Lady was from two years ago. Typical lazy Journal News. As for media access, News 12 seemed to have no trouble getting an interview with the First Lady.
8:03 Don't look now, but that lazy Journal News kicked your butts around the block again this morning. One question, why are yesterday's stories still on your site not once, but twice? Nothing going on in Buffalo or Glenn Falls (ooops. We know you meant Glens Falls. But who cares if the place names are right, right?)
Careful...8:03. you may be working for cablevision yourself someday. The Dolan's do love a good spending spree to get rid of some of that cash that piles up. The JN is already printed in Joisey...could easily move production to LI/Queens.
8:03 - Why do you assume Cablevision is posting here and not Patch, The Daily Westchester, The Scarsdale Inquirer, Bedford Record Review, or any of the other media outlets that have hastened the Journal News' plunge to irrelevance.
Further, just because sometimes criticizes a depleted and now laughable product in the Journal News plain for all to see, why do you assume it's a competitor? How about just someone sad to see what obviously has been a precipitous decline. Continuing to live in a delusional world will not help you advance what's left of your career.
Wait a second! The Journal News still has reporters? How the heck did that happen? I thought they whacked everybody there except the person who turns on the lights in the morning and the person who turns them off in the evening?I'm sure the first lady was thrilled to see an actual live employee inside the newspaper building. I've got to believe her staff warned her that she'd see only robots and blinking machine lights. Hats off to the Journal News team for successfully hiding something from the newspaper past - an EMPLOYEE.
7:54 A true intellectual. Your momma must be proud.
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