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Jim, Freedom Forum is dumping three diversity programs. Gannett Blog is credited with covering the FF's ongoing financial fiasco.Jack Marsh told Journal-isms by email this week that he was "wrapping up my duties as president and COO of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, retiring in early 2014 and am transitioning to a different role with the Freedom Forum for my last year with the organization.A few old timers who worked with Marsh over the years tell me he was a good guy and wish him well.However, other friends who worked with Ken Paulson wish the FF would just dump him over the side, so he finally tastes the same poison he has dished out over his entire career. http://mije.org/richardprince/constance-white-2nd-essence-editor-out#FreedomForum
Jim,What was the final outcome of Maryam Banikarim distributing Sam's blue balls memo? I remember David Carr of NYTimes, Sports Biz, and other mainstream media writing about it. I never heard how Gannett handled it with Banikarim. I just remember it being a PR nightmare and pissing off a lot of employees.
If Corporate took any action -- and I never expected it would -- that outcome wasn't make officially public.
Nothing was done.
Yes, that is correct. Nothing was done. That means the CEO endorsed it and saw nothing wrong with it, which speaks volumes.
received the letter that additional funds in 401k due to frozen pension. went to benefits site, saw it and got it out ! it's in Gannett stock, so move it or cash out before stock goes lower and you lose it.
Another layoff reported in Part 4 of Blog.Another of the hundreds of under the radar,stealthlayoffs.It makes you wonder what the real total is this time?
As you predicted, everyone has been laid off. Gannett has been dissolved. Now you can go away.
A little paranoid,are we?
Hope everyone is ok in Hattiesburg. Be safe down there.
The paper posted on Facebook that the building wasn't damaged and that all staffers were safe. https://www.facebook.com/hattiesburgamerican/posts/10151262507762231
Let me get this straight.It is now 2013.Gannett began sinking the ship in 2008.There have been layoffs,cutbacks,closings,presses shut down,consolidations,furloughs, no pay raises, more hours for everyone.You even have to clean bathrooms because there's no one left to do this.I guess five years is not enough time to get it.You are all still loyal Gannett employees til water is at your neck.
waiting til it overflows my eyes so I can't read your crap anymore.
3:32, the evidently "still-loyal Gannett employee til (sic) water is at your neck" characterized by 9:34, should be careful what one wishes for. I guess drowning is preferable.
I guess that is the way some loyal,afraid of change,afraid to leave, Gannett employees feel.Better to drown (unemployment after being laid off)than to leave the mother ship of your own accord.
You're stupid, 9:34/7:09. Do you set an alarm that tells you when to make your daily posting of worthless crap?
I personally planned it that way. Was let go in Jan and have a new job lined up the day after my TIF plan ends-milking these SOBs for every dime possible.
Gannett is cashing in on the Washington Nationals winning the National League East last year. WUSA9 will simulcast 20 Nationals games from MASN this season, including Opening Day and the 4th of July.
Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts is mystified to learn that Betsy Bayless, head of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, has received a 33% raise in this economy...http://www.azcentral.com/insiders/laurieroberts/2013/02/08/something-stinks-over-at-maricopa-health-board/She was interviewed by Ted Simons today on local PBS station KAET here in Phoenix. http://www.azpbs.org/arizonahorizon/detailvid.php?id=14235Don't you just wish that they could be as critical about themselves as they are of everyone else?
We are The Fourth Freaking Estate! We told you who the Atlanta Olympics bomber was. We told you the Newtown killer shot his mom in her class at school. We KNOW Global Warming causes asteroids to fall to Earth. Mess with us, and we'll loose the plague upon you! (Otherwise known as Plan 9). It begins in Montana!! http://www.greatfallstribune.com/interactive/article/20130211/NEWS01/302110021/-Dead-bodies-emergency-alert-hoax
Plenty of Single Copy route driver openings for Distributors of Gannett papers. Just need your own truck and insurance, work seven days a week so it's good if there are two or more of you to do the routes. Papers must get out everyday no matter what the weather is like. If not Gannett can't sell any papers at those locations and will lose the revenue plus have angry customers because the stores and sites customers can't buy a paper. It doesn't matter to Gannett because all those angry customers will just go sign up to be digital subscribers. Only problem is they may not chose to do that or they may just forget about Gannett and buy a non local paper. Remember the good ole days when Gannett would deliver their own papers using their own trucks.
The 3 closest USA Today boxes to my home have been empty for months, a daily Gannett paper box has been empty nearly 2 years in front of a doughnut shop in town, and saw last night that a USA Today door is laying on top of a box in a shopping center right off the highway. Love the service now.
Some boxes have been abandoned and they don't bother to go out and remove them. They may have hopes that sales will pick up again or they may be in the off season in which a sign should have been placed in the boxes saying the rack is closed for the season. The Contractors delivering the papers don't care. Some may be abandoned simply because there is no one to service the racks any longer do to Distributors in ability to find Contract drivers.
Well, let's at least get the new blue ball logo on those abandoned boxes before it tarnishes our brand identity.
This comes from the top: Jim as you well know I give you information that is 99% on the money. GPS will shutter 2 printing plants in the next 2 to 3 months. One will be in the Mid-west and the other in the East group. Reason being..circulation is falling so fast the need for a paper to print without any type of commercial work to make money is simply economics. The Indy Star will pick up the slack in the Midwest and Rochester will handle the east.Take a guess what plants will shut down and I will answer in a few days. Sorry to all the Pressman who have only a few months left. Jim I will email you with more details
This sounds like a sound plan to save in operational costs, wages,plus benefits. It sounds like another great idea to keep the company a float and keep investor's happy. It is a fact the poster stated that circ. has fallen so far down, I think we will see more and more central printing plants doing work for others. Take Cincinnati as a prime example, they will print in Columbus, Oh. and ship 2 hours away to Cincy. Look at the wages and to boot dumping the over paid union press ops who were making a ton.
This shouldn't come as a surprise. It's been in the works for some time. There's also more than one site in the east group. Both Cherry Hill and Vineland will have print ops shuttered.
no way just started printing ny post n gloucester county times
But neither one of those has a binding contract with Cherry Hill
The further away from the home city you move the printing, the less timely the news in the product becomes. You are reducing the quality of the product especially for those who buy the product for prep sports etc.You save a few bucks, but also increase the velocity of the death spiral.Few businesses save themselves by reducing the quality of their products. In the newspaper business there is a lag between quality reductions and lost sales, but when the losses come they are pretty much permanent.
Yeah, but what if in the future anybody could get up-to-the-minute information about anything, anytime, over a telegraphic hookup right in their house — or, better yet, a miniature electronic brain you could carry with you? Far-fetched, I know.
I get tired of hearing about Digital is here as an excuse for poor service by single Copy or Home delivery. Gannett owes people who still seek and want a printed News Paper to make an effort to get it out and deliver a quality product. It also owes it to any business that is willing to advertise with them. Gannettt and GPS just continues to demonstrate poor business ethics.
I agree. They should also produce buggy whips for anyone who hates cars.
Papers don't matter anymore, it is all about digital, mobile, and local baby. Once we complete the migration to that, all our customers will view us like a magazine subscription to Conde Nast with auto renewal. Something you need to cancel and never sign up for again.
9;36 they would produce buggy whips if they could make a profit from them the way Gannett still gets far more profits from Print over Digital.
If people were still buying Buggy whips it would only make since to make a good buggy whip and for people who want one to be able to find them.
If Gannett gave a shit what time the paper was delivered, you would not have closed 40 printing plants a and out sourced printing to were ever. Example Columbus Ohio, to Cincinnati= 2 hour drive,. if they have press problems which they will, papers are going to be 4-5 hours late. Management at the very top could give a shit
Dick Ross had been a reporter and anchorman in Cleveland-area TV for over 30 years. Last week he left Gannett's WKYC to become a vice president of a non-profit agency serving disabled people.
If you ever had a doubt about how self-important the press considers itself, this should cinch the deal.http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/18/politics/foreman-last-letter-to-president
cherry hill making alot of money off those publications THEY WILL NOT BE CLOSED TRUST ME
If Cherry Hill is shutdown, then where would it print? vineland doesn't print.
I did not mention Cherry Hill, But do not rule it out. Rockaway is not that far from your place in terms of hoe the Big boys at GPS think
cherry hill will be printed in Wilmington by ex-con scabs
too 8:59 post. Name the sites if you have the inside track. I can think of one in which you stated Indy would pick up the slack. That would be The Lafayette, Indiana Production Center. Their daily circ is down to 22K, and Sunday is around 35K. They also print The Community Press papers, but that will be printed in Columbus after the Cicny Enquirer gets up and running and then it time to move the other papers to Columbus. Hence the 2 to 3 month plant closing schudule. That is the plan folks, love it or hate it, it will save GCI a ton of cash
Jim, can you shed any info on these plant shut downs? A source on the blog has been dead on regarding Production posts, and U think you know who I am talking about. Have not herd from HP in several months, but has his mark all over these posts
Cherry hill will not shut down, you are wrong, another pulication starting next week, a weekly
1 other thing to remember if cherry hill shuts down contract clause in contracts call for Gannett to pay a 10 million dollar fee of to pension fund. They will not throw away that kind of money Take it to the bank
Regarding the Plant shut downs, yes some one guessed correct, The other day I said I would fill you in on the plant shut downs, so lets get more people using their noodles and see if you have what it takes to investagate your self. Dam I can't do it all for you. But I will reveal if no one guess;s the other plants. Com on MANN!
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