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Interesting read on the decline of the AP with criticism of Tom Curley's tenure: https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/74341b8c87b5
Hardly interesting, just a short-sighted, West-Virginia view of just another business forced to respond to this dreadful economy. This author probably understood less than 10% of what was going on in the big picture, as many newspapers around the US either have already or are considering dropping out of the AP, but to blame one man for it seems vindictive.
Another Monday and wondering what inane videos editors will want this week. For all the time they take people aren't watching the chidish crap we turn out.
The above-mentioned piece on Curley was interesting, although the writer surely does not pay enough heed to the business' sharp financial decline. I think it's more true that the AP shunned its newspaper partners because it was perceived that future survival depended on other, at-that-time (and even now) unknown revenue streams.
Is there any layoff news?
Layoffs in Indy this morning, though no reporters included, apparently: Guild officers were informed of the layoffs this morning, although we haven’t yet been given names or job titles of those affected. The breakdown of the layoffs will be: 8 full-time staffers, 3-part time staffers. Two of the full time staffers will be building services personnel."Anywhere else?
I guess nobody else wants to admit that the layoffs have started again.
Could the layoff of building services personnel have something to do with outsourcing to ABM?
Expect more layoffs in the pipe line.Some group managers (perhaps all?) have been asked to account for how many people are in the departments and what their responsibilities are.This normally only means one thing, and you do the math...
Spookly lack of detail on Indy layoffs. Can anyone provide details?
Gee, so I guess all the people who were calling b.s. about layoffs at Gannett properties now jave to eat crow. Mark my words, theyll be coming at Usa Today by Ist q of 2014, too. Too many high paid, unproductive people and Kramer can only paint a rosy pictiure for so long.
Well, guy, if you wait long enough, you can claim any of these "tips" were right. But IIRC, the original "tipster" claimed there would be layoffs and furloughs, and the news of them would come in a day or so. It's been close to 2 weeks. And all you have is one site.Don't talk to us about marking your words unless you're man enough to put a name or a source behind them. Without that, you're just throwing stuff at the wall to see what will stick.
Central Team:I know we are all going to be in the heat of our local actions this week and working through lots of pieces and plans. Please be sure that you are communicating well - and I recommend only in person versus choosing email when dealing with these messages as we go. Our employees need to see and hear from us and we need to be visible. I appreciate your commitment to doing so over the next several weeks.As we look at the L6 and revenue trends we are asking lots of questions, as projections show improvement but the revenue picture truly remains murky and we must be very cautious. For that reason, I need everyone to curb all unnecessary spending thru Labor Day until we get a feel for things. That means we'll be doing no site travel, no group meetings etc., and all hiring is frozen except for key sales positions.I appreciate everyone's vigilance during this time. Thx, LHLaura L. HollingsworthPresident and Publisher, The Tennessean / Tennessean Media Group Central Group President, Gannett U.S. Community Publishing615firstname.lastname@example.org
Although I doubt she wrote it, this memo has the stench of Gannett "code" speak all over it. Secretive communication among the ranks, freeze on discretionary spending unless of elite status, no hiring unless you are an under 30 blonde "sales professional"
What's the "L6" Hollingsworth is referencing here?
"heat of our local actions this week" = things we've directed you to do. "and I recommend only in person versus choosing email when dealing with these messages" = don't leave an account of what's happened. "Our employees need to see and hear from us" = be disingenuous but persuasive.Laura has mastered all of these Gannett techniques.
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