Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 18-24 | Your News & Comments: Part 2

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56 comments:

  1. Any day now, Corporate is going to disclose what it paid CEO Gracia Martore and the rest of the very top brass last year.

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  2. And they deserve every penny! Great job during difficult times.

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    1. Stinging sarcasm,and so early in the AM.

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    3. Have to give them some props: The stock is up 48% the past 12 months, better than the competition and the S&P 500. Callaway and Kramer were good hires.

      That said, it was a beaten-up cyclical stock, one that should have rallied as the economy improved. And it's still well below its $90 peak, which is even worse than the Nasdaq in percentage terms.

      Gannett brass will take credit for a cylical rally, and will indeed line their pockets handsomely -- all while wringing their hands about the hard choices they had to make, and slashing pay and benefits across the board. This is a company that loathes the people who create its product, nor does it care about the quality of the product it creates or the customers who consume it. That's not a great business model.

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  3. If a Gannett publisher is board Chairman of a large health care provider, then shouldn’t that paper disclose that relationship in its current coverage of that entity’s dispute with a major insurer that by that papers' own account could affect more than 500,000 people?

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    1. depends how much she is pocketing on the side

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    2. Anthem, UC Health dispute could affect thousands locally

      The publisher in question is Margaret Buchanan who only last Fall said that “the credibility that is so important to our news team’s work is my highest priority.”

      If so, then why has her role yet to be disclosed?

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  4. what is going on in Green Bay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Why don't you tell us?

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  5. GB Press Gazette publisher & Pres Kevin Corrado has resigned. Finance person Mike Seeber is interim leader.

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    1. Oh, and we are to extend KC best wishes on his future endeavors.

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    2. yes we should..he is replacing andy mick

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    3. The best wishes was meant sincerely. 27-some years is a long time for one company. The people I've come in contact with who work there are a good bunch.


      The memo didn't indicate where he was headed.

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    4. from greenbaypressgazette.com =

      Press-Gazette Media President and Publisher Kevin Corrado announced today that he is leaving his position to become president and publisher of New England Newspapers Inc., in Pittsfield, Mass.

      Genia Lovett, vice president of the Midwest Region for the Gannett Co., Inc., said Mike Seeber will serve as interim president and publisher in Green Bay as a nationwide search for a permanent replacement takes place. Seeber is currently vice president of finance for the Gannett Wisconsin Media group.

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    5. It's always a "nationwide" search. I realize that employers want to make job openings sound very, very important. But, honestly, when was the last time a Gannett site said it would only consider applicants from the immediate area?

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    6. I guess he didn't want to work in Chicaco.

      http://www.sportressofblogitude.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/green-bay-press-gazette-on-to-chicaco.jpg

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    7. Green Bay and Gannett are losing one of the good ones. Kevin Corrado was friendly, candid, honest and accessible. He understood digital, too.

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    8. Very sad day. Gannett lost a good one. How do they let someome like KC get away?

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  6. I am serious. They have led us through some very bad times. We are back on track.

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    1. They have led themselves through to line their own pockets.

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    2. 12:35: I will agree with you if there are absolutely no furloughs this year, and only then.

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    3. 12:35 I will agree with you if they stop out sourcing and start hiring back workers they let go.

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  7. A satisfying morning for me and I'm happy to hand in my resignation. Got what I expected from my manager: "Whatever. Wish I could get out of here too."

    There is a much more productive, healthier, challenging, exciting career life outside of Gannett's cells.

    I overcame being stuck in Gannett's dead-end for 14 years (four different interviewers knew what I had gone through).

    And I'm over 50.

    Thanks to Gannett for financing my job hunt. I deserved every penny. Bye bye.

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    1. We are celebrating your departure as well. No more sad sacks in our department!!!!!! Stock at a 52 week high. Coincidence?

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    2. I hope I get your luck, take this shitty retirement package and score a new job somewhere better than Gannett.

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    3. Congrats to 12:42 and good luck!
      Forget 1:58, just jealous and wishing he had the good sense that you have.You have to feel sorry for the type that believes Gannett is the best employer in the land and that every corporation treats employees like disposable trash.

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    4. Conrats and best luck to you going forward. I did same. After being dumped on by the Gannett suits, I enjoyed taking my salary and work time to job hunt...on their dime.

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    5. Good luck. I too left and have no stress in my new position. I am also appreciated now.

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    6. Congratulations, 12:42: I too found a new job on Gannett's dime. I actually made $$ on their dime by consulting while on furlough. Never lost a penny that year. Best of luck to you.

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  8. GCI now trading over $22, hits new 52 week high.

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    1. Have revenue numbers and profit margins gone up on the print side? No.
      Prospering corporations see yearly profits going up by 8%, not down by 7 or 8%.
      Stock prices reflect what someone will gamble on, not the direction the company is going.You It's not though the stock price has continued to soar over months of time.So get over it.

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    2. You what the top SPORTS headline is on USATODAY.com? Kate Upton considers prom invitation.

      There's another hard-hitting sports story: "Hooters girl nearly trampled by Yankees." You can't make this stuff up.

      It's laughable what Beusse, Morgan & the rest of the new geniuses have done to SPORTS. They've dragged it into the gutter of desperate Bleacher Report garbage-feeding and simpering TMZ-style headlines.

      Nice job guys. I noticed when Beusse was bragging about the supposed great job he's done to the gullible twits at Sports Business Journal, he forgot to mention anything about quality.

      Neither he nor SBJ mentioned Joe Posnanski leaving. There's some hard-hitting reporting for you. I'm sure the WSJ, NYT and Washington Post are laughing their butts off.

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    3. Boy you sad folks can't stand seeing the stock go up. Forgive me for being happy.

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    4. Don't worry. It will drop like a rock when Q4 comes around and all of the political money that masked the idiocy is gone.

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    5. More like the third quarter.

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  9. This comes from the top...With circ. numbers falling like boulders over a cliff, several small daily paers will soon go to the Detroit model to some degree and publish at most 4 days per week. Look for the memo within the week.
    I am back, Jim

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  11. Stock prices don't necessarily mean a product is improving or that the work environment is more efficient and invigorating for employees. Stock prices are what they are. The ultimate success of any business has to do with the core principles. And in that way, Gannett and USA Today continue to trend downward. I guess as long as the country continues in the same direction, as education plummets, Gannett and USA Today will be fine in catering to utter morons.

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  12. I agree with 3:19 PM. There's so much dumbed-down stuff at least in our local Gannett paper -- "local" of course being a nauseatingly ironic use of the word.

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  13. You hit it on the head.Low information readers believe that what they read must be the truth and if it's in the newspaper it must all there is to know.

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  14. Love the headline on USAT.com Sports inviting us all to "meet this NCAA coach's super model wife."

    Really breaking ground over there at SMG.

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  15. USA Today links at bottom of story are worth looking at. One today: Hollywood's Hottest Racks. Link is to Men's Fitness article. They weren't talking about gun racks or hat racks.

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  16. Kramer launched a "nationwide search" for an editor and we wound up with the attention-deficit challenged, never-in-the-newsroom Dave Callaway, his longtime pal at Marketwatch. Now they want to make over USA Today as market watch, but nobody works on real time deadline, the place gets dumbed down every day with silly ideas and stories by people who know little to nothing about what they are writing about, and stupid directive after directive. The disconnect between reality and fantasy has never been wider. If I was eligible to take the buyout, I would be out of here in a nanosecond.

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    1. So instead you stay and make everyone around you miserable. I'm begging you please get another job. Someone must be looking for a talented, positive pro like you

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    2. Under their direction, we get a site filled with mindless, tell-you-nothing videos. The duo has promised Ms. Martore 1 million video views a year. But here's the question: how many of those views were until the end? Darn few, I'll bet. In fact, I bet very few readers/viewers/clickers sit through the ad pre-roll. I also bet the advertisers don't get that information.

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  17. 9:26 nails it with this: "This is a company that loathes the people who create its product, nor does it care about the quality of the product it creates or the customers who consume it. That's not a great business model."

    Exactly.

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    1. If that's how you feel, then it's time move on.

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  18. Fond du Lac Reporter this past Sunday ... same obit runs side-by-side. Only difference? A picture of a female with the version in columns 1 and 2. Picture of a male with the version that was in columns 3 and 4.

    And nobody noticed that anywhere along the line?

    Sweet honey boo boo...who wants to pay for that kind of quality except for those who find more humor in the repeated ridiculous mistakes than one would find in the comic section?

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    1. WTF?!

      How in the world does that shit happen and not get caught?

      That's the kind of thing that heads should roll for, but sadly enough, it probably won't happen.

      Ah. Fond du Lac.

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    2. Bullshit. Total and utter bullshit. Take a look for yourself, Fondy has pages under the e-newspaper tag on their website for the last month.

      On this past Sunday, 7 obits ran, 6 with photos. No duplicate names, obits or photos.

      In Wisconsin, we have had recently a couple who passed and by the customer's request ran side by side.

      Not sure how you all do it, but when people die here, we try to accomodate what the family wants.

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    3. You are right - I just checked it out - looks like a couple with the same last name died in an auto accident - 2 different people.

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    4. The posts at 8:49, 9:51, and 9:17 should be deleted. When people make up bullshit, that stuff should be erased.

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  19. Glad to know it's not just Shreveport that makes these type of errors.

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  20. Callaway is just collecting coin.,Kramer is in it for the ego, the King that is above it all. These guys were actual journalists at some point in their careers. Why don't they start acting like one, or at least hire some competent ones to run the place and elevate the quality of this jolie of an operation? Getting younger by shedding veterans makes no sense if the wrong veterans and kids are left to produce.

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  21. 9:24 must be a true believer good luck with that. These guys want nothing to do with you unless you are young and look like a model. It's very creepy being an older woman and see this go on.

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