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Any rumors floating around when the Westchester/Poughkeepsie consolidation might happen?
more from Katehttp://www.snd.org/2010/12/following-up-on-gannetts-strategy/
Jim,When will you being investigating Rippyle6? I hear that they figured out there was no real product there well before Saradakis left. Was there something shady about Saradakis' inside dealing in all that? Looks that way.
10:11 I'm interested. But, first, the rumors of Ripple6's demise are still just rumors.
Looks like Adolph Santorine,the fired CEO of HighSchoolSports has started another scheduling company and has partnered with ESPN Local. Good job Peter Lundquist and Josh Resnik.
Re. Ripple 6: A little Google stalking shows that no employees have posted in the "Community" section of the site since Nov. 20--although their staff twitter account is still active.And Kailei Richardson, the "social media subject matter expert" is tweeting about packing up and moving from NYC to Chicago. Maybe some discreet emails to staff are in order?
Check out Gannett's plans for tucsoncitizen.com, which was continued as a community blog site after the Tucson Citizen was closed (possibly for anti-trust reasons). The 520,000 monthly unique visitors is surprisingly strong, with the 1 million pageviews a solid number but lighter than one would expect from that many visitors. Evidently the visitors aren't looking at much on the site.Put a $20 CPM for ad sales against those pageviews, and you get $20,000 in monthly revenues. That kind of revenue would mean a good profit for Gannett given that it has held the website's staffing at just two employees.
Whoops. Forgot the link about tucsoncitizen.com. Here it is: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_b892b30a-81d7-5165-b6e4-52138df78fbf.html
Great job of citizen reporting by Journal News readers. Because the paper did not have any reports on the fact the Minneapolis Metro Dome roof collapsed from snow and the Giants game vs. the Vikings, already postponed once, would need to be played at a new venue, readers took matters into their own hands.Check out the comments on the stale, non-updated story - 24 hours old - that the game was postponed.http://www.lohud.com/comments/article/20101212/SPORTS01/12120390/Giants-Vikings-game-moved-to-Monday
You've gotta love those readers - and you have to wonder what they think of the newspaper in a case like that. It's sad.
You'd think that Henry Freeman, being a founding sports editor at USA, would have been on top of something like that.Oh well. Official retirement nears.
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These Giants you mentioned. What league to they play in? Are they all big people?
Regarding 8:29's HighSchoolSports comment, the rollout of HSS was a debacle, but it started with the failed premises that Gannett bought into. Lots of flaws in the approach.
Tucsoncitizen.com isn't getting anywhere near $20 CPM. On it's own, it's not selling anything. It piggybacks on the remaining print paper, the Arizona Daily Star.It's doubtful that it's getting close to 1 million pageviews. The usual smoke from another Gannett digital project.Of course the readers aren't looking at much on the site. There isn't anything there but a stain on the memory of a great newspaper.
The dialogue between 10:11 and Jim is the stuff of Laurel and Hardy. Does Jim investigate anything? No. And his response of not chasing rumors is silly and disingenuous.
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