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My understanding is The Publisher from Lafayette, Indiana, Gary Suisman has been interviewed for the job. Hell, it is not like he has any duties in Indiana. That paper is a rag and circulation is almost in the teens daily. The only reason they are still a float is the commercial printing they bang out with their newer Berliner Press. Good luck in your new gig Gary
Interviewed for which job? You should think, then post.How is Jim still in business? His revenue is $45 in 3 weeks. (Of course, once this posts, that ad number will magically jump.)
Jim doesn't have to support ever-increasing numbers of vice-presidents. When you only have to pay producers and not overhead, you can get by on very little.
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Look for APP and the Courier Post to combine into "South Jersey Today" just as Newhouse combined its South Jersey papers to create the South Jersey Times." Other than featuring a different local lead story on A-1, all other pages with be ROP.
The APP market and the Courier Post market is so different that move wouldn’t make any sense.The CP is Philadelphia suburb market and would have no interest in the Jersey shore market of the App and the APP market could care less about the CP market.Having said that I’m sure they will go ahead and do it.
Usa Today Publisher Larry Kramer is quietly bracing some senior managers that staff cuts will be coming by year end. Buyouts tempered some of the pain but ad revenue still sucks, as does web traffic since the redesign. If you didnt take the buyout, you are probably screwed. If your job description is not justifiable, you are probably screws. If you've used past alliances or ass kissing in the past to maintain your status, you are screwed. I wont alarm anyone with the potential size, but it will be bigger than those previously.
Another bullshit scare post. I'm a senior manager and I haven't heard anything from Larry about this!
There's a reason for that, ya know.
Gannett is infamous for keeping people out the loop, 2:41... even senior managers.
So glad that a move to Des Moines design center was going to mean creative out-of-the-box design. Shreveport Times sure got that this morning. Two photos on page 3 of Life section are sideways! Would be funny if it weren't so sad.
Kramer claimed during last week's staff meetings and training sessions that the Butterfly Project -- the 7-day production of content for local newspapers by USA TODAY staff -- will prevent any furloughs. Some presume that also means no layoffs since the staff is already pushed to the limit with the lack of days off and the constant pressure to produce more and more. But we will see.
"Limit?" What's that? When everyone was getting their buyouts I called to this swanky top-level meeting and told that - get this! - I was not expendable! Really? Couldn't tell it from the shit treatment I was afforded day in, day out, by the managers below whom they never monitored. But O.K., fine, whatever: no buyout for me! Then months later, they eliminated my position. The whole ball of wax, verbal. Not complaining, mind you. Bunch of snakes.
Add: They had said that we were down to the bone. The "not expendable" part was not some recognition; it was merely a staffing consideration. Another one which was altered at whatever whim mandated however much ass-kissing demanded by corporate. I don't recall seeing any of the execs flinching in the least between one statement or another.
Shreveport continued: "One of the most moment parade popular units is ..." Huh?
And what's up with the news story about a house for sale? Is that a paid advertorial? Shreveport continues to go down the drain...
So Butterfly = More shit in my paper that everyone read online two days ago replacing local stuff they can't get anywhere else?Awesome. If you're going to force us to take USAT content, how about shoveling some of those USAT* ads our way too? *alleged.
no that the phx pressmen are pissed, are the pressruns on time??????
Fear, furloughs, firings. This is the new normal at Gannett. Company gave the impression that they were extraordinary events given the recession, but this is what will characterize your career if you choose to stay. Gannett is sucking the life blood out of its "properties" and streaming it up to the vampire execs in HQ. It destroys anything it acquires. What Gannett comes down to is a corporation that pretends to be an exciting media company just so it can embezzle the profits of its operating units for the benefit of institutional shareholders and, of course, the pocket-lining execs.
What childish nonsense. The operating units and their profits belong to the shareholders lock, stock and barrel. Shareholders can't "embezzle" from themselves.The newspaper industry's collapse has nothing to do with the recession or Gannett management, as anyone grasps who has not been comatose for the past decade.
Even when the economy has improved and there are more jobs in the market, this company refuses to offer any job security to the employees who rode out the storm. The storm may not even exist anymore, but Gannett keeps creating its own tornadoes.
Word in Shreveport is everyone will have to reapply for their jobs ...a process the new publisher initiated at her previous property. I would imagine it is just a matter of time before layoffs or shuffling staff considering a four-day a week feature section hardly requires four staffers and 160 hours...not counting the Preview editor and his 40 hours for one section.
@10.46, that's how she rolls. She is predictable.
The Shreveport publisher has already been recruiting for managers. Managers beware. She is talking to folks and has her plan in place to recruit her army.
So much damage has been done in Shreveport with the letting go of well known columnists, managers, etcetera, that the community won't soon forget. Put on top of that the sideways pictures in today's paper, I think you get my drift. The Times is no longer a viable product in this town and I doubt that it will ever recover. All anyone needs to hear is that another employee was let go for someone on the outside and it will be over. This is a close knit community and they're tired of all the BS.
2:41, you 'senior managers' make me laugh. How many Kramer and Callaway decisions have been made w/o your knowledge in the past year?
If we have layoffs today, I hope I am the first one called.
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