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Wow no comments huh? Looks like a lot of managers from the east do post on here.
This is how the Motley Fool article ended "Newspapers are no longer the only way to obtain information in the modern world. Information on computers and other electronic devices is more interactive and engaging. Companies are not willing to allocate capital to advertising on newspapers, as it is ineffective. Gannett has withering fundamentals, yet possesses a major dividend. If the company is able to focus more on its electronic business it will succeed in the future. Compared to its peers, Gannett is in the middle of the road. While by no means is the company a great long-term buy, it may have a future as a company focused on electronic services."So all you "newspapers could thrive if Gannett pured dollars into each site" are wrong. The MF clearly says the future is electronic
I honestly don't care whether I get my news from a printed product or a website. What is more important to me than pixels or ink is accuracy and credibility. And I don't see much of either in any Gannett products, including USA Today, which is clearly on the decline in a number of ways over the last few years.
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8:13, 8:32, 8:38 VERY HAPPY PRODUCTION WORKER SAYS THANK YOU. Bailey does not know us and we don't give a dam. Our TEAM has worked as a team for a long time and we will continue to do so. I cannot believe Bailey did not believe we could do this. Thank you Bailey for not believing in us. Morale is up and I like coming to work again. DO NOT take that away from us with your negative comments. I do not know you and you do not know me or the other employees I work with but I see we are not missing out on anything.
This is 10:16 for some reason I left out that the papers I am talking about were run by Gannett, and GPS not Bain.
10:18 Sorry I didn't know I had to be a English major to post a comment on here. But hey put me down why don't you. You've got nothing better to do.
2:00 I don't care what somebody from Motley fool wrote. They aren't right often. If Gannett listened to them Gannett wouldn't even exist anymore.
I remove comments including unsubstantiated claims that someone was fired. That means I also remove follow-up comments -- as I've done in this thread.
That didn't used to be the case, Jim. That's a big reason why people despise you and enjoy pointing out your mistakes.
Today is Friday, September 7th, and it is the last day for eligible Detroit employees to turn in their acceptance paperwork for the EROP. I've heard through the grapevine that a significant number have signed up. The next step is for the powers-that-be to determine who is allowed to take it.
Back in March we were told that reviews would had to be done for all employees by June and that raises would be allocated by August. Well, can we assume that there are no raises coming since it's September? I get it, but couldn't someone communicate that?
Has anyone heard anything about this consolidation of Prepress Production to Des Moines, Indianapolis, and Phoenix? The press release is dated August 10.http://www.presteligence.com/press-room/press-releases/item/gannett-selects-presteligence-for-prepress-production-workflow-consolidation-project
Dear 2 pm: The problem is that the revenue stream is still with the dead tree product. This is an industry wide problem-until they can charge the same rates for a banner ad that they did for a double page ad, there will be a problem. Add to it, problems such as local mobile sites which still have stall multi-day news up, such as the APP mobile site does today. Readers aren't going to stand for that and there plenty of options (Hello Patch and other hyper local sites) If you're going to "do" digital, go all in. A half hearted effort will be recognized as such by the customer.
7:47Now that is some interesting news. So, what happens to the person who operates the plating equipment? He just stands around waiting for plates to 'send' from the hub? Or they get rid of him and the press room takes over the plating?Love all this 'putting your eggs in one basket' idea.on another note...You all loved that Newsgate crash last Friday before the holiday?
7:47 & 10:54Will this transfer the jobs of people who build the products in Layout8000 to the hub also?
Well isn't this just too funny, re: Enquirer new formatMargaret Buchanan, Enquirer Media’s president and publisher, said on Friday that the Enquirer will launch its new print edition in the first quarter of 2013.The new edition had been scheduled for this fall; however, unexpected mechanical issues at Dispatch Printing in Columbus, where the new Enquirer will be printed, prompted the delay, Buchanan said.“It’s a new technology, so there was the possibility that mechanically there would be issues,” Buchanan said on Friday. “As they have been bringing up the new technology, they’ve run into some issues, and they need to work through those issues. That has, as a result, delayed our launch.”
Does anybody care about the economical use of words in headline writing anymore? An example from a community site:Gunman who fired a shotgun round at a golfer on Lakeridge is arrested, police say
i assume from the deleted post that it is not acceptable to talk about current affairs that involve Romney and Bain and how they treated their employees to how Gannett has treated their employees since all post were removed by the blog administrator
I left Gannett in June and called the pension people today to find out when I could see my pension paperwork. I called in mid August and was told the information would be out in 2 - 3 weeks. I waited 3+ weeks before calling back. Today I was told it would be another 6 - 8 weeks. WTF? Five months to get my pension package out? Isn't there a deadline for getting the information out?
12:16 There are many, many blogs devoted to politics. There's just one devoted to Gannett.
In the post you removed comparing Bain, and Gannett I never mentioned anyone was fired.
RE: 12:08I don't write headlines, but how about "Police Arrest Golf Course Gunman"
7:47 & 10:54 & 11:05: The prepress consolidation is all about trimming the workforce. It's designed to do the same thing that the RTC did a few years back, and, later, what the design centers did last year. Sure, if you're in prepress, you'll probably get a crack at one of the new jobs -- that is if you're willing to relocate to one of the new centers. But most people who live hundreds of miles from any of them won't relocate.
And if you're under 50, the end of print newspapers is probably within our lifetime, so even the regional production centers will be obsolete. So why even bet on those for a job?
How about gunman upset at golfer tries to put hole in one.
I think it's ridiculous the number of 48 pt stacked heds we have running full width on inside pages. There is no reason to yell "Weekly job numbers show slight dip for unemployed" - this used to -maybe- be a brief but the Desks at the Des Moines design studio evidently would rather run a hed deeper than the actual story if that means they can get done a little quicker. It's atrocious. Did they pick the people too simple to work on the advertising side to be the page editors?
Page design has left a lot to be desired, especially lately. I know our ME had heated, LOUD discussions with the design studio heads about a month ago, not sure anything really came of it. There's a difference between headline writing for print and headline writing on the web. For SEO purposes, you want the words "shotgun" and "gunman" and "golfer" in the head, and you do want the name of the community and/or golf course, as well. People don't search for "Police arrest." They search for "Lakeridge golfer shot" or "Lakeridge shotgun" or whatever.
The delay in pension paperwork is concerning...If my spouse were to decide to leave Gannett, we'd need that pension money a lot quicker than 5-6 months time.
Even for SEO purposes online, articles such as "a" "an" "the" and "is" are unnecessary in headlines.
7:34--the boss at our site has told us raises are under indefinite delay. I don't like being told I got one, then it never shows on the paycheck. I bet the bigwig bonus checks don't get delayed.
The Pension Center dropped the ball on me as well. They gave me a date. The date came and went. Nothing happened. Recontacting, they gave me another date with no explanation regarding the first date passing. But, to their credit, this time they came through. A pension packet arrived four weeks after the second call, and the pension was paid — a full lump sum — three weeks after mailing it back. That's just my experience. But since it's Gannett, I'm not surprised there are wild inconsistencies.
Federal law requires pension payments within 180 days. So back off folks. Pensions are paid out a lot faster. Now whine about something else.
2:35 is correct legally (if a bit condescending), but that still doesn't explain why there's such a discrepancy between one person's experience in getting their pension and another's, why stated dates -- dates provided by the pension people, rather crucially important -- within that 180-day time frame are missed.
I stumbled on this Corrections page for USA Today. It's a long list over 2.5 years. Why don't all of Gannett's sites do this, and at the same time, make it easier to find?http://www.usatoday.com/news/Corrections-and-clarifications.htm
Moving on in Westchester.http://www.lohud.com/article/20120907/BUSINESS/309070041
5:10 The sad thing about that list of corrections/clarifications is that none of them link to the relevant stories.
Says Jim Hopkins, whose archive is virtually unsearchable.Want to find a specific post here? Good luck with that.
10:41, THINKRight at the top of all blogspot.com blogs, there's a search box.Use it. It won't hurt (much).Then go to dead-tree library and look up "fixing 'learned helplessness.'"
Also, 10:41, there are limits to functionality on free blogger sites. In addition to what is admittedly a so-so search engine, Jim smartly uses tags and a month by month "morgue." That's more user friendly than you'll find on zillion-dollar Gannett sites.
12:08, that's better except for one thing: You already convicted the guy. At this point, he is a suspect.
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