Tuesday, July 24, 2012

July 23-29 | Your News & Comments: Part 2

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29 comments:

  1. If you ask gannett benefits what is going to be done with our medical information that we are required to submit, they will tell you it will be given to a private company. Just imagine what a private company (subcontractor) is going to do with it. Privacy safeguards? Ha!

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  2. Why doesn't Gannett just sell or close the dead weight locations ?
    The smaller publications could be brought back to life by truly local,caring and efficient buyers and or start up
    ownership..Newspapers are not dead at the real and basic local level.Newspaper corporations are dying because huge profits are the number one and only agenda.The days of the cash cow in advertising may be gone ,but there is a need for local news for small towns.News that won't be found on the internet or TV,and affordable print advertising to go with it.
    If Gannett got out of these small locations and focused on the true corporate major markets,they would increase cash reserves and stop the drain of supporting in the red sites.

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  3. Layoffs, furloughs at McClatchy's Lexington paper:
    http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/blog/morning_call/2012/07/herald-leader-cutting-staff.html?ana=yfcpc

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  4. I find it hard to believe that Deal Chicken's revenues are down by that much since last year when the site's have hired multiple sales reps and extended every deal to run for 7 days.They are also flying all of the sales reps to corporate for 2 days of training and strategy. It cant be dead yet.

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  5. The multi-media sales people with the relationships with large accounts do not present DealChicken as an advertising solution. Corporate was banking on the reps with relationships to go out and help get deals. Instead, they put the fate of the "start up" to reps with little sales experience and no Rolodex to telemarket/cold canvas for deals. If management made it a point, not an option, to sell DealChicken maybe it wouldn't be in such trouble.

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  6. At my former paper, I'm hearing web traffic spiked down 35% yesterday, on track for about the same drop today.

    Can't believe no one wants to read their lovely fluff and shill pieces disguised as business news.

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  7. Another day, another veep. Congrats Mr. Heinz.

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  8. From Romanesko:
    In 1998, Michael Gallagher pleaded guilty to two felony charges accusing him of accessing Chiquita’s voice-mail system for a hard-hitting series about the company. (It ran in an 18-page special section.) The Cincinnati Enquirer fired Gallagher, apologized to Chiquita Brands and paid it more than $10 million to avoid being sued.

    The Enquirer reports today that Gallagher, who was sentenced to five years probation in 1998, had his record expunged last week by a Hamilton County judge. “Legally, that’s the same as saying Gallagher’s thefts, his conviction and sentence never happened,” writes Kimball Perry.

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  9. Boston Globe(NYT property), more cuts and buyouts. Couldn't find the story in their paper...but their rival covered it.


    http://bostonherald.com/jobfind/news/media/view/20220724globe_slashing_up_to_53_jobs_with_layoffs_buyout_offers/srvc=home&position=also

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  10. "1 killed WITH car hits bicycle..." Who writes this stuff? And Gannett wants people to pay for this? Along with a story ending in mid sentence shows how bad this place has gotten. Almost wish for the old days when they just misspelled words!

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  11. Atlanta just got hit with downsizing also...

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  12. 8:29 wake up!!!!! Newspapers are dying by the bucketloads all over America. Enough with local people will support a locally owned paper. Ahhhhh no they won't. Wake up

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  13. 8:29 do you ride your horse to work everyday? No one wants to ride in a car if they can get a locally bred horse. When was the last time you took a train for a trip of 1000 miles or more? Do you still ahve a tv antenna on teh top of your house?

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  14. Don't mess with subscribers' crosswords! The Arizona Republic puzzle today looks like it took a jolt of a few thousand volts as it was being printed.

    Clue for 1) Across . . . Nittany Lions school. It's a trick question . . . there is NO SQUARE LABELED 1. In fact, you can't read many of the numbers on the puzzle.

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  15. @12:54: Jeff Heinz has a really tough, demanding job and this is long overdue recognition. Imagine having to defend Gannett everyday.

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    1. GCI has a new VP. YEAH!!!

      Next up - someone who can handle a noun + verb sentence structure? Not....

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  16. Our local is doing very well, prime for Mr Buffet to sweep in and buy it. Get out from the thump of the Corp. bitches who run this rag caompany

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  17. I think it would be harder for him to say with a straight face that others work as hard as he does.

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  18. No wonder Detroit is losing money. Check out the number of people left, AFTER buyouts.

    http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120723/FREE/120729967/early-retirement-offer-made-to-155-news-free-press-partnership

    By contrast, Gannett's total employee count across ALL Arizona properties (newspapers in Phoenix and Tucson, TV, specialty printing and mailing) is 2207.

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  19. Stock plunges almost $1 in two days. What's the problem, Gracia?

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  20. DealChicken is already DOA. No revenue, no qualified sales people, no plan, no marketing, no future.

    There's not much revenue to be found in recycled massage offers and 3 tires for the price of 2 posted over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and...

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  22. I know of two local ownership,small town publications that are doing just fine.It can work.

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  23. Did anyone ever write about the fact that the new CFO used to report to Bernie Ebbers at Worldcom? Anyone have the story behind it?

    Maybe she just got caught up in the rush, but would be interesting to find out the backstory.

    Note: http://www.washingtonpost.com/jobs/Content?Content=/communities/CareerStages/executives/ed_cp1.htm

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  24. As Scooby would say, "Ruh Roh":

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2012/07/decline-google-and-internets-ad-business/54835/

    It seems that digital ads lose value over time.

    Image that!

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  25. 8:29...you're right. People, old AND young, would still buy a paper if it was relevent, covered stories from the middle instead of telling people how to think, had the number of stories in it that it had 3-4 years ago, and cared whether they used the right words..never ind spell them right.

    No newspapers equal an uninformed public which equals a public ripe for taking over.

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  26. Once the flying car is perfected, tire manufacturing will see a downturn. Older people will help sustain that sector until they die. The older folks will not be able to accept that cars are going away, but they will.
    Newspapers have about 15-20 years left. The next 5 years will see ongoing reduction in days of the week and paper size. Printing costs HAVE to be reduced or it'll be the entire workforce. Advertising HAS to double or triple digital sales or we won't get but 5 more years. In five years, papers will be closing left and right on the road to only a few majors left in 15 years.

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  27. And yet you all stay. Baffling.

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  28. Oh I so agree 8.29, we are a profitable centre here in the UK but anything we make is eaten up by Gannett and we see no rewards, no pay review, no investment in the business, we have a loyal local readership and it would be crime to lose our local paper.

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