Monday, July 23, 2012

July 23-29 | Your News & Comments: Part 1

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41 comments:

  1. I stayed at a JW Marriott this past week and received USA TODAY at my room. It did not appear on the folio and I was told there was no charge, does this get counted as circulation?

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    1. Yes. Within ABC rules, as long as the hotel pays a minimum of $.01 for the copy, it is counted. In this case, the hotel paid much more than $.01.

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  2. Salem must know that no one will read enough stories to trigger the pay wall, because they offer a 7-day free trial period. I wonder if any other sites have this.

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  3. Pooh do you think their cheating?????

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  4. Yes it is circulation, and yes you are charged on the bill (it's in tiny print when you check in...used to be a dime, now it's 30-50 cents, depending where you are)

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  5. Yes - it counts. Within ABC rules, if a hotel pays at least $.01 for the copy, it counts. And in the case of JW Marriott, they paid about 30X that amount.

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  6. Did u enjoy your stay? Go have a beer and don't worry about it.

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  7. 6:46 I thought a newspaper had to receive at least 50% of the cover price to be counted by the ABC as paid.

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  8. Keep up. Those ABC rules were relaxed several years ago.

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  9. How much per paper dumped at our door when staying at a Hilton property?

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  10. Who cares? If USA TODAY had a serious financial section, some actually interesting articles in its snoozefest features section, and some talent in sports, it might be worth buying.

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  11. Jim . . . I thought, like you, that there was a "50% of retail" paid requirement by ABC. Have a look at how ABC defines "paid circulation".

    http://accessabc.com/bylaws/bylaw2423_1.htm

    Doesn't seem to be much pretense about what ANY subscriber pays. Call it the "One-Cent Solution".

    If you want to see some real prestidigitation, (c'mon, anybody who ever watched CBS Cable LOVES that word!) check out ABC's requirement for "Verified Circulation". It's really strict.

    One of the limitations is, for NIE, that you can only claim as many "Verified" copies as people IN THE CLASSROOM. Really laying down the law there, ABC is.

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  12. One of Florida Today's stories (by someone else of course) Saturday started on page one, went to page 6. Fine. Nothing new there. But as you read along you get to a paragraph the ends....just ends....with no comma, period, turn to page such and such....nothing. And it's not the first time. It must be true...the inmates ARE getting control of the asylum!

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  13. Cincinnati’s Buchanan and Washburn to host a live chat Wednesday at noon to hear feedback and answer questions about the new print edition…what will be more interesting is if they actually take tough questions about cutting so many employees and how this new format may look great, but be significantly less filling.


    http://news.cincinnati.com/ARTICLE/20120721/COL/307220036&Ref=AR

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  14. This Company Won't Go Down Without a Fight
    http://beta.fool.com/mhenage/2012/07/21/company-wont-go-down-without-fight/7491/?ticker=GCI&source=eogyholnk0000001
    "The company's president and CEO Gracia Martore, said that they expect circulation revenue growth in the range of 25% as the, “demand for their digital marketing services is strong and already attracting significant new client relationships.”

    You gotta be kidding me. The only way circ. revenue will go up 25% is if they raise the price another 50% and lose half their subs left in the process.

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  15. Even that only breaks even. But, they will claim to be genius for all the newsprint they saved

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  16. 5:34, I'm sorry, I specifically asked if I was going to be charged and they said no and it did not appear on my folio at checkout. And as for circulation, there was a time when hotel circulation was valued (Blue Chip Accounts), but I suspect with the dramatic drops in circ, the percentage has grown. It was also interesting to see how many USA TODAY's were still sitting in front of doors at noon!

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  17. Looks like ABC will "relax" any rule to hang on as long as it can - along with ink on paper delivery. Along with their back-slapping buddies at the Newspaper Association of America.

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  18. Say what you will about her, but you really don't need to go to the transcript to know that it was certainly NOT our intrepid CEO, but rather this "Fool" blogger, who somehow managed to confuse circulation revenue apples with digital marketing services oranges. Indeed his overall grasp seems pretty shaky.

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  20. Do all GPS management smoke cigarettes all day like they do in Shreveort???? Guess it works well for their sales people too.

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  21. Does anyone know if any statistical study has been done on circulation using the old ABC rules? It might be interesting to see 2010 circulation figures using 1972 ABC rules.

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  22. Readers in Cincinnati are not being taken in by the publisher's column on the "new" print format and "new" content. LOL.

    http://news.cincinnati.com/comments/article/20120721/COL/307220036/Enquirer-s-new-format-innovation-purpose

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  23. Don't recall seeing this already

    "From: Ahern, Gerald
    Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 2:36 PM
    To: Editors of Gannett Daily Newspapers; Editors2 of Gannett Daily Newspapers; GCI CP Sports Editors; Broadcast News Directors
    Subject: IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ: 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS PHOTO ADVISORY FROM THE USA TODAY SPORTS MEDIA GROUP

    The USA TODAY Sports Media Group will provide comprehensive photographic coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, from the Opening Ceremonies to the Closing Ceremonies. Gannett properties are mandated to use this imagery, which we believe to be superior to that of any other provider, as their primary source of coverage. USA TODAY and US PRESSWIRE will deploy 15 photographers and editors to cover all aspects of the Games. All USA TODAY Sports Media Group Olympic Imagery will be available at www.uspresswire.com. If you need a login for uspresswire.com please request via email to support@uspresswire.com. Please have your designers give this their attention. Follow the instructions on the attached deck to make specific coverage requests.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Gerry Ahern
    Director of News Content
    USA TODAY Sports Media Group
    President
    Associated Press Sports Editors
    (651) 357-5268
    (313) 348-2625"

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  24. Approaching three weeks after ace sports recruiting blogger Jody Demling quit the Courier-Journal after 22 years - the newspaper still has his picture and a link to his blog.

    http://www.courier-journal.com/section/sports

    Yet when you click on his blog link, readers get the embarrassing message:

    "This user has elected to delete their account and the content is no longer available."

    Is anybody home in Louisville?

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  25. Last year our site was told DealChicken's target was 100 million this year. Was there anything in the latest financials to indicate progress toward this goal?

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  26. 9:23 AM - It might be interesting to see circulators wear 1972 bell bottoms too. But that would be equally as pointless. A lot of things have changed in the last 40 years.

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  27. Salem canned their sports editor and was promoting his column with big house ads weeks later.

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  28. Appleton gets to go to Cannes next year:

    http://appletonhub.postcrescent.com/article/20120723/APC0505/120723080/

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  29. Appleton should have run spellcheck on the caption.


    Teachers protest Walker during Appleton visit: Feb. 11, 2011. Local teachers came out Friday to protest Gov. Scott Walker's proposed state budget repair bill, including changes in collective bargainng procedures, during a stop by Walker at The Post-Crescent.

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  30. So the APSE president mandates that Gannett papers ignore AP photos?
    I'd be shocked if he keeps his job as president of APSE for much longer.

    Actually I think, strictly on quality, Reuters will provide the best images. USPW will win on quantity, though, FWIW.

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  31. DealChicken revenues are down 27 percent YOY. A complete failure and another embarrassing Gannett black eye.

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    1. Anyone surprised?

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  32. Howard Griffin is God.

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  33. Does anybody else think this required biometric stuff is creepy?

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    1. Nope. Body fat and cholesterol no big deal. If you care about your health you should be able to quite both. If you don't you're at risk

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    2. Then why do they keep feeding us free ice cream?

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    3. Want to bet that next year you will be charged extra if your BMI and cholesterol isn't in ideal range.

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  34. Here's a real head-scratcher from Monday's Arizona Republic. Classic double-speak. No byline.

    Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will not be attending an election forum Thursday hosted by the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale after the advocacy group's political committee endorsed another candidate, his campaign treasurer said.

    Lane, who is seeking re-election, faces challengers Drew Bernhardt and John Washington in the Aug. 28 primary.

    The group's political committee endorsed Washington, according to its website. The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale hosts the nonpartisan forums but does not endorse candidates, said coalition chairwoman Sonnie Kirtley.



    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2012/07/23/20120723scottsdale-mayor-lane-wont-attend-forum.html#ixzz21W518sfd

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  35. Mutli media sales reps with the relationships with big accounts do not present DealChicken as an advertising solution. The DealChicken reps are forced to cold call all day long to sell 5 crap deals a week.

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