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Congratulations to all!The 7.9% decline at USA TODAY — to 1.67 million — allowed it to be overtaken as the second-largest newspaper by The New York Times, which reported a 17.6% increase to 1.87 million.
1:41 funny post. Before you use the NYT as your bell cow for success you might research their financial woes. They may have great digital subsciption growth but they don't make money!!!!!!!
Yet you expect Gannett to? Read what you write and learn from it.
2:33 - tallest midget in the room?
1:41 was boasting about NYT and I wanted to bring him back to reality. They are hemmoraging money. That's a fact.
and USAT is just rolling in the dough, huh dumbass?
One of the reasons for the 7.9% big drop in circulation is from the merger of USAT with the Gannett dailies. All GM's from each site have been removed from their positions (leaderless). Most Circulation mangers are gone (check with Minneapolis Market). Ask them how well the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press are doing when it comes to delivery of their HD & SC in the cities after 2 of their 3 circulation managers moved on to other positions among the dailies and we not be replaced. USAT sure isn't top shelf any longer, even on their own display racks. Returns, that's another issue for USAT, Special Editions and Sports Weekly. No one's checking the store!
I constantly see a stack of USA Today's and AZ Republics next to one or two Wall Streets or NYT in the afternoon..Humm no one buying what?
Maybe Gannett will can 7.9 percent of the staff at USA Today and its other media platforms to make up for the shortage in revenues. Go get 'em Gracia and Dickey!!!!! Just a thought!!!!!!
or can just Beusse and Micek and make up that 7.9 percent loss with their paychecks
Great idea 3:55 p.m. Beusse wants to nationalize high school sports coverage, an idea that will go the way of Real News, Real Life (another Gannett initiative now in the Gannett Graveyard of Failed Initiatives). Beusse needs to go now.
That was Real Life, Real News. :) And the notion sucked as much as the implementation, which had little to do with real life. Things we had to do for that goal applied to almost nobody other than the few people who actually did them, half of whom were in the stories. Pointless and stupid, but what else was new?
Ask me if I care? or better yet, ask Martore, Murcko, Kramer, Beusse, Banikarim or Micek if they care? Obviously NOT
Martore will not be happy until USA Today's circulation drops beneath the Blue-Ball News http://www.topix.com/city/blue-ball-pa -- then she can sell off the name for some change in her pocket.
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In Minnesota, a future NY Post headline writer made his bones last week.http://vaviper.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-best-newspaper-headline-placement.html?spref=tw
In the post-buyout purge era, Callaway begins to shift the deck chairs as this memo states. Interesting that it focuses on editors and not reporters who provided content. Folks, With the departure of the irreplaceable Chet Czarniak and Jim Welch later today, we’re making some changes to assure the legacy they built at USA Today continues unobstructed. Our mission and priorities remain the same: to generate unique and enterprising news coverage online and in print each and every day. From enterprising spot news and video and graphics from the Hub and our news team, to longer-form investigative series and documentaries, to insightful analysis from First Takes to our Editorial Page, our goal is to create a Gannett-wide news feed of the most creative, fresh, and cutting-edge journalism in the world. The competitive nature of our changing industry demands no less. Effective immediately, managing editors David Teeuwen, Patty Michalski and David Craig will report to me instead of Chet. We will be adding resources, both existing and new, to the real-time news team, the mobile team, and the money team this summer. To begin with, Chris Cubbison and his excellent, enterprising national team will now report to Teeuwen, rounding out a commitment to real-time and enterprise news coverage that already includes Anne Willette’s breaking news team and William Dermody’s international army. This include Glenn O’Neal’s growing reporting team and Dennis Kelly’s science/weather/health group. We’ll be putting together a group of mobile/social/graphics folks in each of our core areas – Money, Life, Sports, Politics – to make sure Patty’s mobile forces and our online and Hub coverage is first and fastest across all platforms. And we’ll begin a weekend rotation of senior editors for this summer as we search for the right candidate to begin the post-Jim era. The job will be four days a week and involve running all of USA Today’s platforms during the important weekend hours, including enterprise planning and breaking news. More to come, including cake. Have a great weekend. Cheers. Dave
He cheers his own memo!
It's a conclusion to the memo. He's not cheering the memo. Like saying "Your's truly", "Sincerely", or "Love". More importantly, they get a cake!"
Resources? Snorting in disbelief. On Friday, as the Feds were searching the home of the ricin letter suspect in east Texas, editors in Shreveport were told the USAT breaking news team was "taking the day off".
And is really showed that The Times in Shreveport had lost so many veteran reporters when we made national news....
What is sad, The Times is so pitiful now, it never occurred to me to buy the paper to read about the ricin story.i got my information elsewhere.
Like I said once before circulation is down all over Gannetts properties, not just Usa today. There is money to be made in the industry, just not the 20 and 30 percent Gannett was making before. The obscene thing at gannett and it seems to never change, are the huge salaries and stock incentives that the board receives. You should always be prepared for the worst at Gannett and understand the way that this company operates. They do nothing for company morale because frankly, they just plain don't care. Customer service just doesn't matter anymore. Well I'm sure we all could go on and on about it, just try to be financially ready when it's your time to go.
gannett has no heart or soul when it comes to prople or customer service. the only thing they have is a "wallet" !
Can anyone here post a list of the current USAT print sites? I got laid off 3 years ago after printing USAT for 25+ years. I'm just wondering where it's being printed now.
phoenix offset closed 2 years ago, moved printing of USAT to the AZ Republic plant, where they also print NY Times.
Phoenix, Dale Carpenter is leaving no choice, The Time to Strike Will Be Soon!
do it ! he's never had to deal with one
You mean the company promoted someone that doesn't know what he is doing? No experience? No clue?
Here's a heartbreaker of a column. http://www.profootballweekly.com/2013/05/31/pro-football-weekly-says-goodbyeFor the rest of us: Is the iceberg dead ahead, or has it already done the mortal damage?
Anybody who can't see that the Titanic's stern already is aloft at a 45 degree angle — well, let's just say that person is not paying attention.
It's interesting. I would wager the majority of posts here on Jim"s Blog are from legacy products, newspapers in general. The folks in Digital and Broadcast pretty much see the future but our friends in print......well they come here. And if we removed all posts from Cinci, New Jersey and USAT, well I think you get it.
That would be great! Let all sites go digital.That would close 75% of print operations.Yee Haa!
10:18 AM and that is the plan. Rid all of Gannett of those waste-of-time/waste-of-resources newspapers. Print is DEAD DEAD DEAD. The sooner the better for all of us.
Broadcast TV is right behind print on the obsolesence curve.
Yeah, shut down print and see how far your digital will go.How are you going to sell digital without print? Don't tell me by selling it to our world winning websites? No content = no revenue. One day, hopefully, someone will figure that out.
I am surprised that no one has mentioned the great meeting we had on Friday at FLORIDA TODAY from our new leader.
When digital starts making money, let us know. Digital lives on print revenue.
And print revenue is circling the drain because "print" is not a commodity that anybody needs anymore.
Well that's the problem then. Print revenue is going down and the secret it out about no one giving a damn about digital ads. Newspapers will eventually go the way of the horse and buggy.
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