Monday, November 26, 2012

Nov. 26-Dec. 4 | Your News & Comments: Part 1

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  1. [re-post from late Monday]

    Mr. Wolff's column is out. About Rup Murdoch, again.

    About his comment on Rup's wife, the "socialite" counselor --

    Congratulations on leaving off her Yale MBA, sir. Can't let facts get in the way.

    Geez, this stuff is terrible.


    (SECOND!)

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  2. We are apporaching the financial cliff.
    Advertisers be certainly be spending less with the economy diving.
    Who cares about Wolfe,with layoffs around the corner.
    So many with their heads in the sand.

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  3. If there ARE furloughs planned, for first quarter, hope we find out soon. I suspect there will be some kind of staff attrition between now and February if the fourth-quarter revenues aren't trending positively. I have nothing on which to base this -- I'm not a manager privy to the operating committee -- but I sense a quiet desperation at my site.

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  4. 9:15, depends on how many "early-retirees" there are. Probably not many, but hard to tell on Web.

    And people leave for a lot of reasons -- spouse, new job, can't stand today's Gannettoid.

    Again, for the short furloughs -- check the state rules on unemployment insurance. Most probably qualify.

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  5. So what stupid, self-destructive thing will USA Today do today to illustrate how the personnel decisions and betrayals in recent years have all but blown up the credibility of the brand?

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  6. Back from my 4 day weekend while working for an employer that closes on Thanksgiving Day and the day after. I fondly remember my Gannett late November's whne such thing was laughable.

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  7. Was watching one of the Sunday Morning News shows when one of the guest said something about Companies not caring about workers and how they treat employees anymore. That companies now are choosing the Shareholders over employees. I immediately thought she was describing Gannett. They will do anything to save money and don't care about the workers they let go. They replace them if they can with cheap contract laborers as much as they can. This makes the employees they still have lose any Company loyalty and pride. Customer service drops which drives away some Customers as Ganeett builds a reputation as a seedy company.

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  8. " .. can't stand today's Gannettoid .."

    Jim can't allow it for libel reasons, but a lot of folks here know, there are Gannettoid assholes who have bigger pensions, as Anti-Christ Asshole-of-the-Year. For dropping into a GCI city for a while, jacking up the locals, then moving on.

    You know who you are. And no one with a brain or a heart respects you. With what you have, you could have worked for Bernie Madoff. You're a nothing, a zip, the true Gannettoid.

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  9. Jim, this might be something worth posting. In Westchester a competitive publication just did a piece on the publisher with a ton of incorrect info with the most glaring one being the circulation 85,000 daily and 108,000 on Sundays, other inconsistencies include moving the staff to another building, something that had been in place well before she even got here (the building was sold months prior to her getting the job)additionally, it's made to look like she was at the helm when we received the "Best of Gannett" award for Watchdog Journalism, which she wasn't. I question how much of the article came from her or if she even tried to correct the obvious journalistic liberties the reporter who interviewed her took. Here's the link to the article--http://www.westchestermagazine.com/914-INC/Q4-2012/Westchesters-Most-Influential-Women-Janet-Hasson/

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    1. This woman is a narcissist. It's hilarious that she needs PR so badly that she would allow these lies about her "contributions" to be published!

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    2. Really! Does she think employees don't realize all these things were in the works before she set foot in White Plains?!

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  10. Jim, check this WaPo story about, about WaPo digital revenues --

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/post/what-really-caused-brauchli-weymouth-breakup/2012/11/20/6450126a-3272-11e2-9cfa-e41bac906cc9_blog.html

    " .. Traffic figures provide evidence of the progress: Over the first six months of 2010, washingtonpost.com racked up an average of 12.3 million unique visitors; this year, that figure jumped to 18.4 million unique visitors, an improvement goosed to a degree, no doubt, by the presidential election.

    " .. Have a look at The Post’s most recent annual report for 2011, “Revenue generated by the Company’s newspaper online publishing activities, primarily washingtonpost.com and Slate, decreased 8% to $105.8 million, from $114.8 million in 2010 ..”

    " .. The newspaper industry managed gains of 7 percent in online advertising revenue over the same period, according to the Newspaper Association of America (NAA). Plus 7 percent, that is. Put the two figures together, and The Post trailed the newspaper industry by 15 points in this crucial category. No wonder there was tension .."

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  11. 9:12, you should take a dive. Same post, every day. Nothing new or original. You grow stale.

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  12. Fuck GPS and all the VP's / Over paid worthless kiss ass managers who do not give a shit about any of the folks who work for them. May they all rot in HELL

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  13. 4:29, what is your problem? You got a problem with the 1st Amendment?

    Uh .. do you know, that's GCI's business? (At least, in theory, that's GCI business.)

    You got a point that actually might be useful?

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  14. Sell off the old papers and just go digital baby!!! Drink the cool aid.

    BTW, Please sell off the old papers and let some stupid old person buy them, they are totally worthless brands and they are just sucking money out of the new business model.

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  15. Some believe that if we don't talk about layoffs here then they will not happen.Gannett,like most corporations today are going to cut expenses(employees).
    Let's pretend everything is well within Gannett.Profits and revenue up,expenses down.
    Jobs are stable and safe.
    You can once again count on your Gannett job being for life.
    That is a dream,time to wake up.

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  16. Jim: when will the most recent circulation numbers be available to show what papers have lost since the paywalls went into effect?

    And again - thanx for having this outlet for us. It's more info and fact than our managers ever spread.

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  17. Dear authentic Gannetters (and not pissers living in Mom's basement),

    Poynter's report on news media advertising --

    http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/business-news/the-biz-blog/196031/newspapers-report-ad-revenue-loss-for-25th-quarter-in-a-row/#disqus_thread

    Not good.

    Hello, early retirement!

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  18. 5:43 The most recent circulation report was last month, for the six months ended Sept. 30.

    The next one will be the April 2013 report for the six months ending March 31.

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  19. 5:27 Far from sucking the life out of the company, print advertising is still Gannett's single biggest revenue source.

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    1. Fucking idiots in corporate, we tried telling them the same thing. They are determined to dig the grave for the newspaper. The biggest source of revenue comes from print.

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  20. 5:43, maybe this will have the circulation figures you're looking for. http://abcas3.accessabc.com/ecirc/newsform.asp

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  23. 5:06, the First Amendment would apply only if the government told Jim to shut this place down for a censorship-based reason. That's it. Nothing else. Try reading the Constitution sometime.

    5:35, good of you to alter your usual sentiment very slightly. Still very stale, though.

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  24. Wow, 8:49, then you just spew hostile and unpleasant B.S., and add nothing helpful and useful.

    You have such great Gannettoid traits. Way to go.

    Glad that I'm not anywhere near you. So are tens of millions of others.

    It was also my pleasure to fire a couple of guys like you. I also didn't care if you starved or not, you were so worthless and bitchy.

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  25. In an effort to sell subscriptions, Gannett's Louisiana papers are giving away $4,000 (as Wal-Mart gift cards):

    http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/99999999/ADVERTISING/120817035/Gannett-Louisiana-Papers-Gift-Card-Giveaway?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

    Florida Today did the same thing in September but only ponied up $1,000. It looks like every other Gannett print site is doing a gift card giveaway (mostly groceries) in November. I wonder how many subs the effort will yield?

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    1. This is nothing new- most publications have been doing this for years. It's a fast, easy and inexpensive way to get a nice little bump in new starts for the month. This time of year especially, these types of campaigns tend to get particularly strong response.

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  26. If furloughs do come, keep some things in mind. If you take your days in straight days, then you probably qualify for UI. If you break them over the quarter you probably won't because your pay for the week will be figured in. Most states have a one week waiting period before the money actually comes in, so your first furlough would be unpaid. FILE ANYWAY. If there is another in the year, you'll get the UI then. Most states, the waiting period is the first week. Others may have other time periods - mine does.

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  27. "Wow, 8:49, then you just spew hostile and unpleasant B.S., and add nothing helpful and useful."

    You must be reading your own posts.

    "You have such great Gannettoid traits. Way to go."

    The Gannettoid "insult" is the haven of the uncreative. Has it ever been original?

    "Glad that I'm not anywhere near you."

    Same here. Your stupidity might rub off.

    "So are tens of millions of others."

    I don't know that many people, though.

    "It was also my pleasure to fire a couple of guys like you. I also didn't care if you starved or not, you were so worthless and bitchy."

    Your delusion is kicking in again. I think you mean YOU got dumped in one of the early purges.

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  28. "I think you mean YOU got dumped in one of the early purges."

    No, I am sure that I got fire you.

    You were small, whiny, and refused to quit bitching.

    So, I went to the bosses and told them you had to go, or we'd lose $$$.

    And then we fired your useless, miserable, and small-brained Gannettoid butt. It was the old days, when performance mattered.

    You are still the same. You are why Romney got so many votes.

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  29. Well my opinion is if taking a week of saves your cap jobs a little longer why not take it.I know that here at Az Republic almost every shift leaves early from 1to 3 hours a shift over a years time that is well into the one hundred thousand dollar range that cannot gives away in free labor.I enjoy the fact that i get paid for my drive home. Every one needs to wake up and make some concessions in the contract negotiations if the really want to keep jobs as long as they can.personal i can't believe they do not utilize the press operators to clean press and do what ever maintenance needs to be done

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  31. Mayberry has left the building.Will the man who hired him follow suit?

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