Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Oct. 29-Nov. 4 | Your News & Comments: Part 1

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54 comments:

  1. JIM'S CFO SCOOP

    Gee, NYT's CFO only belongs to one board.

    http://www.nytco.com/company/executives/James_M_Follo.html

    GCI is so lucky, GCI's CFO is on so many boards. Things must be getting better!

    (Not)

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  2. Big Boy Bailey---please look at the community that employees you and the small amount of advertisers that still support the newspaper very good before they are all gone. It is time for you to wake up before you put us out of business with your close thinking. This is not Georgia this is Shreveport, Louisiana.

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  3. In Appleton, where several editorial staff members were "talked to" a few months ago after signing recall petitions, a photo manager has liked Obama for America on her Facebook page.
    Raises the questions not only of journalistic impartiality, but also why Appleton still has two photo managers when they only have 2.5 shooters.

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  4. 8:27, what the photo manager did is what Gannett papers are allowed to do on their editorial pages: Make a political endorsement.

    If Gannett doesn't want their employees to endorse a candidate, then they should stop endorsing candidates.

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  5. 8:32, that makes absolutely no sense.

    If that photo mgr endorses Obama -- non-Obama people will have nothing to do with her.

    Nothing. Period.

    As for editorial pages -- they have gotten much better. At least they let the Romney people, present their views.

    Contrary to President No. 44 -- he does not have all the "truth" and "facts" in the world. Even though he indicates he does. Which he does not.

    I'd go on, but Jim would delete the entire comment.

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  6. Is it a big deal if the opinion page editor participated in the Dem's national convention? Not covered, participated.

    It's a little more proactive than 'liking' a facebook page, as I know many people who like or follow both candidates in order to get a fuller picture of what the candidates are saying.

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  7. Thousands of colleagues are in danger over the next 48 hours. Just for once can we put a moritorium on the vitrial?

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  10. I've got to say that the one shining point of the USAT.com redesign is to put the facebook comments on a separate page, rather than with the stories.

    I know it was probably to increase page clicks, but the less I have to read from people in this nation's fruity plain, the better.

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  11. Ms. Gracia, why do you care?

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  14. Bailey your advertising numbers are in and you continue to fall. What is the problem? I'll tell you, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. Get out your office and stop letting Hanisee and Haacker run the advertising department. You better wake up before you're next on the chopping block. Ask Zanmiller.

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  15. Any non-columnist/non-editorial page journalist who does not realize that it's NOT 'OK' to like a candidate of any party on a FB page needs to go back to journalism school, or find another job. It's the basics, folks. If you don't like the rules, get out of the game.

    And why do so many 'journalists' insist upon confirming what a broad base of the general public believes: That we're all card-carrying liberals out to slant coverage to benefit Democratic candidates. You're entitled to your beliefs. But you're not entitled to make a public display of them. Got it?

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    1. 4:33 99% of you are card carrying liberals. For gosh sakes I've been doing this forever and you are all left wing, negative, pessimists. I'm so sick of the denials. You hate any Republican politician, you hate anyone who actually values life at conception and you hate and I mean hate Citizen Journalists who do your job better than you.

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  16. 3:07 p.m. I think you are the problem.

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  17. At our site, a non-white lady reporter signed a political petition.

    The local TV station blasted her name on-air, visually, for about 20 seconds.

    There was no need for a lecture, she knew immediately what had happened.

    Got it, non-GCIers? Can't make it any more simpler.

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    1. 7:09 why the "non white lady" comment. What does that have anything to do with the price of beans. By the way I'm an old white guy

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  18. Well then 4:33, why is it OK for newspapers to endorse a candidate? If they are truly concerned about appearing objective to their readers, then they shouldn't endorse any candidates.

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  19. Wow, 8:34PM, you just made me a 1%er, hah!
    Thanks!
    Now if only my Form 1040 would CONform!

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  20. I'm glad I didn't pay for an online subscription to the Cincinnati Enquirer. It's nearly 9:30 on Monday and the web site features: "Ryan to campaign here this weekend," a story from Saturday still up on Monday and a story about Sandy gaining strength. This more than an hour after the storm was downgraded to a tropical storm.

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  21. "Well then 4:33, why is it OK for newspapers to endorse a candidate? If they are truly concerned about appearing objective to their readers, then they shouldn't endorse any candidates ..."

    Man, the Darwin Effect seems to be working in reverse in this industry. (Or at least this company. But, then again, that's not surprising.) Ok, let's explain it to you kiddies out there about how newspapers work: The editorial pages are for opinion. The other pages are for news. If you work for the latter rather than the former, then keep you political opinions in check.

    Do I need to draw a diagram?

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  22. I think something is about to happen in Gannett world because the corporate hacks are back touting how great Gannett is and how all staff are useless (because that's how employees of a company should be viewed in order for the company to succeed). My advice to everyone....DUCK!

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  24. 8:30, those are called "facts." Newspaper people sometime use them. Look up "Journalism 101."

    OK, she was a she/he, mixed Black/Hispanic/Asian/white, handicapped, ADHD, veteran, single mother, and the petition attacked Romney for being too nice.

    Happy now?

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  25. NYT reports a circulation number up over 40%.
    USA today: DOWN almost 4%

    http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/193612/new-york-times-circulation-up-40-as-newspaper-growth-generally-flat/#more-193612

    Wonder if Jim will post a Google doc of all the USCP's numbers?

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  26. Wasn't Shreveport the paper that was known as the Darling of Louisiana? I am not surprised that moving you into our Midwest Group fucked that all up. Welcome to the club.

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  27. I did not know Gannett operated properties in Mexico (he said sarcastically).

    http://www.editorandpublisher.com/Newsletter/Article/Minimum-Wage-for-Mexican-Journalists-is--13-a-Day

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  28. So sad that Tad Cahill is leaving Des Moines. He has been the first Sales Director in years to actually care about us and get results out of everyone! I hope Mark and Laura made their strongest efforts to keep him here, this will be a huge loss for Des Moines!

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  29. @ 1:58: I don't think don't think Tad got along with Mark or Laura or both. It sounds like you have been here for a while and you have to admit that he was more free-wheeling than most. I think that made some uncomfortable. Did you notice how Mark didn't even give him his "send off" in the sales meeting today. Pretty sure he is gone after Friday. Kinda of strange being that his teams hit their print and digital goals, even more strange that they gave Stan a royal send off when that guy didn't accomplish anything! No fact here, just my humble observations!

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  30. Hearing about a little dustup between the editor down in Tallahassee and the well-known local conservative radio talker. Mostly about the radio host's impression that the paper's coverage of a particular county commission race has not been fair.
    Today, the talker blasted the editor for 20 minutes during his middle segment:
    http://www.wflafm.com/player/?mid=22582057&station=WFLA-FM&program_id=tmsdaily.xml&program_name=podcast

    It should be noted that the paper's publisher left a few weeks ago, and it is well known that the editor is lobbying to move up to that job.

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  31. who cares who a newspaper endorses look at the people who are endorsing! yuck!!!

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  32. Tad probably got more accolades than Laura did. She hates being shown up.

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  33. It's always been fun noticing who gets a grand send-off (usually boot lickers) and who is "disappeared." Fun, but embarrassing to witness.

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  34. Written by Gannett's marketing dept.?

    The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney’s very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company’s unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value.

    Sorry. I couldn't resist.

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  35. 7:37 Her Race had nothing to do with the post. I believe you demonstrated your true view of people. Sad really.

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  36. 5:21, you know absolutely nothing about Journalism. Only about writing short, bizarre sentences. With people like you, the OKC bomber would be I.D.'d as a "humanoid."

    You are a Gannettoid or victim of a Gannettoid.

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  37. d rather be a Gannettoid than a bigot.

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  38. 6:12 no journalist would refer to a person as a "non white lady." Your argument is moot.

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  40. 12:38 The difference is publishers and their place in their employees and community. Zanmiller - knew the employees and was active in most community events. Bailey - does not care about employees (except his favorites) and does not get out to know the community unless it makes him taller on his throne.

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  41. Really? Then you describe a variety of women. If you can, which I doubt. Gannettoid-istic silliness, at its best.

    Reminds me of the campus newspapers who, under the "free speech codes" of the Axelrod crowd, would not publish the race of rape suspects, still on the loose. Which then increased the number of potential suspects to the entire male population on campus, with those physical typologies.

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    6:12 no journalist would refer to a person as a "non white lady." Your argument is moot.

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  42. 7:46, you are a Gannettoid. Incapable of original thought, can't spell correctly, and easily terminated because you create no value.

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  43. 8:15 Jim will delete this whole sting shortly but in the meantime I may be a poor speller but I'm not a bigot. I sleep just fine at night on my plush sheet. You on the other hand where yours.

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  44. Oops "wear yours"

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  45. @2:53 If you ask me he would have deserved all of the accolades over LH anyways! We have seen her in person maybe two times in the last year (excluding her "publisher update" meetings where she says we can't share any details on anything you may have heard about). Tad actually worked in the trenches with us, not looking forward to the next Gannettoid they hire to replace him.......although that won't be for several months since they will more than likely let a high salary position sit empty for a long time like they did with Kevin Hall (I think that was almost a year).

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  46. For all of the conspiracy theorists in Des Moines, there is now way Cahill was pushed out. Think about it, the quarterly bonuses were just paid out (he had to have a pretty big check coming). They had him stay on longer than two weeks to write the annual sales plans (why would they let a guy who they "pushed" out the door write the plans for the department?). Third and most important, whoever hired him on Colorado backed up the Brinks Truck and there is no way they could pony up enough money to keep him in Des Moines.

    I Do find it curious they didn't give him a grand send off, but my guess is Wurzer just forgot to mention it. He did say something to Tad after the meeting this morning and I could tell Tad's response was "don't worry about it." I think there is a lot of gossip going on about this, but in reality the story is just as Tad and Mark say it is. They are both Alpha Dogs in any room they walk into, but I don't think ego would get in the way for either one of them. I think they got along pretty well (they should being that local territories delivered results).

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  49. 9:32, three spelling errors in a row. Keep it going, bigot.

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  50. So's your mother. Nyahh nyahh nyahh.

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  51. Haf too spel goot to be Gannettoid. LOL.

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