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Marymount is discussing how well the design centers are working in new PDF being tweeted about at Society for News Design conference in Cleveland. They have a 14-page PDF discussing these in detail. Poster: Jonathan Berlin.
The Design Studio presentation in PDF: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B03V7FmWzCLBYjg1ZDA1MTQtY2ZhMS00NjgzLTkzNWYtZTI2MjhjMjcyMDA5&hl=en
You all realize that PDF is from last year's conference in St. Louis, right?
What is up with the full page promos in the A-section of the Freep print editions lately? Pages 2&3A today are promos. Seems to be a recent issue.
Florida Today's Sat. edition had a wrap of the shuttle. No date to let people know what day's edition it was. Oh wait...there it is...under the fold with a statement saying the full edition is INSIDE!Notice also the ad strip at the bottom of the page is now double in size.Also Sat. morning a publication titled "YES" was in my driveway. It was some promotional pages but the bag was stuffed with the usual Sunday ad and coupon inserts. What? It said this will be delivered free every week. Giving away the inserts? Are they not going to sell the Sunday paper any more?If I was a carrier trying to SELL papers this would really piss me off. Why would people now shell out 3 bucks for the paper when they can get all the inserts for free.Whose brain fart was this?
Can't speak about other markets, but YES has been here in Phoenix for several years. Originally, it was a fashion insert in the paper (Your Essential Style). Then it became targeted to subscribers in certain zip codes.When that played out, YES morphed into Your Essential Shopper, which is still targeted to certain zip codes and distributed either by the regular carrier with the paper, or mass-distributed (to apartment-heavy areas near ASU, for example). This current YES version distributes some (but certainly not all) Sunday supplements and coupons. Seems to be a Sunday version of Buyer's Edge, which goes out on Wednesdays via the Post Office. As for carriers, they do get paid extra to distribute YES. Anything bringing in more money is a plus. Another YES feature (which DOES work) is the constant promotion to become a subscriber at a reduced rate. A typical come-on is to offer Sunday for $1, with Wednesday for one cent more. If you want to mess with a carrier's head, balloon his draw by 100 papers on Sunday (not unusual) AND Wednesday.
GPS is finally coming together which means circulation positions within regional papers are being merged with USA Today. From seeing both sides, USA Today has better resources than the regional papers so those are the employees that are getting the additional workload (not being let go). A word of caution - the processes and procedures used at regional papers will get you laughed at if you seriously think they hold any weight with a reputable company. Not trying to be rude, just honest.
I agree with 12:47. Now that we are a year in, it looks like the community papers are going more toward the USA Today model instead of the other way in terms of circulation processes and personnel. I'm not sure if many layoffs will occur as a result, the cost savings seem to be coming from merging and eliminating contractors in favor of partnership delivery.
G A N N E T T has a tradition of pre-Christmas pink slips. What's changed to make this year any different?The CP 1%ers need their bonuses.
It's Sunday night here in Cincinnati and I'm doing something I've never done before: writing on this blog. I've seen the dozens and dozens of posts critical of our editor and publisher, and even though they all have been almost 100% accurate, I still feel quite sad about what is unfolding at The Enquirer. In these incredibly difficult days in this industry, the newsroom (and really, the rest of the Enquirer operation)desperately needs leadership and a clear sense of where we're headed, how we are going to get there and how it all can be accomplished in a collaborative manner. CW had a reputation of being a good journalist, even if people in Boise and Iowa indicated she was a ultra-micromanager with severe trust issues. It's been nightmarish since her arrival two years ago. It feels like it's her way or the highway, and unfortunately, there are dozens of really talented people on our staff looking for new jobs. There is a lack of trust that she can get us where the paper needs to be and that she will invest in the staff. I'm not a mean-spirited individual. I've been here long enough to remember some good times with good people and how a core of us always seemed to rally, even in the darkest days of the recession. I love this city and this paper. And I always thought we'd just outlast the MB regime and that hope-beyond-hope CW would recognize we're a talented staff with a decent track record that knows how to produce. That has vanished. There is no trust in the leadership now, and while people may smile, nod their heads and do waht is asked, be assured that many are counting down the days that they can leave as new opportunities surface in an industry many of us still care about. Every regime has its moment. Keeping the hometown-tandem in place is only going to worsen morale and continue this downward spiral. It's not fun to work there anymore. So I find myself on this Sunday night dreading for the 7 am alarm to sound, knowing that the place I once loved has been irreparably harmed and I have yet another Monday to face of people I just cannot respect. Am I the only one feeling this frustrated and sad?
Time was, the Westchester papers that hijacked the name of their award-winning Rockland County relative, The Journal-News, would have held their press run for Saturday night's conclusion of the Yankees' playoff game. But their presses are gone and so is their control over their content. When you decide that someone else will dictate when the presses roll, you find yourself having to apologize that the game ended too late for the paper. But even worse this time, not a word about the Bronx Bombers' other bad break -- losing Derek Jeter for the rest of the postseason. Maybe the biggest baseball story in the metro area -- bigger than benching A-Rod-- and not a word in The Journal News, which lost its way when it lost its hyphen in 1998. Slip-sliding away ever since.
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1. Cinci, all that B.S. must be coming from Gracia. Trying to slash costs to the bone.Hatefulness from the carpet-bagging stooges. Watch the readers and advertisers start leaving. Sick, sad, and laughable.Got that, Gracia? Getting tired of laughing at this kingdom of Moron-acy.2. Regional/USAT -- yesterday, NYT-Sunday Sports had an ENTIRE page devoted to Detroit, Mich. sports. Re-look at Alex Karras and Red Wings' long-time announcer.You can say, it was a coincidence.And look how easy it was to extend NYT to "NYT of Michigan." Lot of suburbs would buy NYT-Sunday, with a page of AP-Michigan copy?
11:10That audience mostly doesn't exist anymore. They're reading about the late games online. And honestly by 1am many papers (even the ones with their own press) are not printing the final scores/surprises. You seem to ignore the facts at hand, all newspapers are either printing someone else' paper or outsourcing their printing. It's happening every where. What any newspaper did in the 90s cannot be compared to what they're doing today. The business has changed, and people who think like you have almost killed it.
Why is it so wrong to The Journal News to send their papers off to be printed? They are sending to Asbury Park, not India. If you realized the money/maintenance that goes into printing, you would realize that it's saving Gannett money and needed to be done.As far as the game goes, it's a shame they couldn't include that information-- but you can't blame them for a game that went on much longer than expected. You got the information, did you not? I am sure that if you go online to lohud.com you will see that they have written more about it as well.
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