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  • Newspaper deal falls apart as Gannett gives up on Tronc

    11/01/2016 7:38:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 1, 2016 10:37 AM EDT
    Gannett on Tuesday walked away from its attempted takeover of Tronc, the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other major dailies. USA Today publisher Gannett’s target was elusive from the beginning, with a publicly contentious back-and-forth between the two companies. Tronc, formerly known as Tribune Publishing, rejected at least two bids from Gannett because it said it preferred to go it alone, focusing on tech-driven initiatives involving artificial intelligence and global expansion in entertainment news and video. Shares of Tronc Inc. plunged 20 percent in early trading. …
  • USA Today publisher Gannett posts loss as print ads sink

    10/27/2016 4:00:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2016 4:35 PM EDT
    USA Today publisher Gannett, suffering from the ongoing print-ad declines that have hurt the broader newspaper industry, is cutting jobs as it reported a loss in its latest quarter. The company said it is cutting 2 percent of its staff. Gannett had nearly 19,000 employees at the end of 2015, suggesting more than 300 jobs were lost. Gannett spokeswoman Amber Allman did not reply to a question asking how many employees are losing their jobs. …
  • FLASHBACK: Gannett (USA TODAY) and Journal Media Group Receive Clearance from Department of Justice

    09/30/2016 6:19:05 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 3 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 04/07/2016 | Press Release
    McLEAN, VA & MILWAUKEE, WI – Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) (“Gannett”) and Journal Media Group, Inc. (NYSE: JMG) (“JMG”) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice has closed its investigation of Gannett’s proposed acquisition of JMG, and that early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, has been granted. Gannett and JMG expect to complete the transaction after the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange on April 8, 2016, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
  • Donna Shalala: Clinton Foundation President, Member of the Board of Gannett which owns USA TODAY

    09/30/2016 5:42:09 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 26 replies
    September 30, 2016 | Self
    Link only as the Democrat controlled USA Today does not allow Free Republic to use their stories. Note the footnote to the story
  • For Some Newspapers, Endorsing Clinton Means Losing Subscribers

    09/30/2016 2:03:30 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 28, 2016 | Sydney Ember
    The subscription cancellations were coming every 10 minutes. Angry readers have been calling in droves. One caller issued a death threat. “We’re feeling the weight of our history,” Phil Boas, the editorial page editor of The Arizona Republic, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. Until it endorsed Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, the newspaper, founded in 1890, had never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. The Cincinnati Enquirer, which endorsed Mrs. Clinton last week, put it particularly bluntly: “Trump is a clear and present danger to our country.” For some readers, however, the endorsements proved a step too...
  • Gannett Newspaper Supports Rangel Draft Call (Ithaca Journal)

    11/24/2006 9:29:46 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies · 803+ views
    Federal Review ^ | Friday, November 24, 2006
    ITHACA--Congressional leaders may be downplaying Charles Rangel's call to reinstate the draft but at least one newspaper in the Gannett chain thinks the Congressman has a point.An editorial in the November 24 Ithaca Journal picks on Rangel's arguments and asks the following:Would our leaders have made the same decisions based on the information they had to first invade and then stay in Iraq if it was their children on the ground fighting in the trenches? A draft would force all of us to consider the shared sacrifice required to wage war. That is a perspective that would weigh heavily on...
  • Gannett Paper Drops Out of Governor Debate; Cites Rejection of 9/11 Conspiracy Question

    09/26/2006 7:32:14 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies · 763+ views
    Federal Review ^ | Tuesday, September 26, 2006
    ITHACA NY--A Gannett-owned Ithaca newspaper will refuse to participate in a gubernatorial debate in that city, after the event's organizers rejected its questions including one that seemed to advance 9/11 conspiracy theories.According to the Ithaca Journal, the rejected questions for the debate included the following: Thousands of New Yorkers continue to suffer from the 2001 terror attacks in NYC. Families and surviving victims have sought additional investigations on the attack that were never addressed by the 9/11 Commission Report. Do you accept the findings of that Commission, or are there areas of that investigation that still leave you with unanswered...
  • For Gannett, Slowing Rate of Welfare Growth = "Budget Cut"

    11/24/2005 5:01:52 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies · 492+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein November 24, 2005 - 07:29. Remember the good old MSM trope from the days when Newt was Speaker? The notion that slowing the runaway growth of any government program was actually a cut? Well, just in time for Thanksgiving, it's b-a-a-ack. My local paper, the Ithaca Journal, leads with this tear-jerker of a banner headline: "Budget Cuts Would Hit State's Poor Hard". Here's a link: Reporter John Machacek talks of thousands of welfare recipients being "squeezed," of the poor being dealt a "blow" and the proposals "poking sizeable holes in New York's safety net." And of...
  • Exodus a sign of problems at Ithaca High School (Liberal Principals won't discipline students)

    07/24/2004 9:18:56 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies · 883+ views
    Ithaca Journal | Local News - Saturday, July 24, 2004 | ANNE JU
    ITHACA--According to the Ithaca Journal (which cannot be reposted here thanks to the cretins at Gannett news), Ithaca teachers are leaving the school system due to the liberal administration's failure to discipline students who commit disruptive, or even violent, acts: ...teachers feel unsupported by the central and school administrations when it comes to meting out punishment to students who are disruptive, disrespectful, use profanity in class, or in some cases, physically assault an authority figure. "The discipline system needs to be more consistent," said Seifert, who teaches in the math department.One particular incident in September was especially traumatizing, Seifert said.In...
  • Where is the peace? (Ithaca newspaper mourns loss of Saddam)

    03/20/2004 7:36:35 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 23 replies · 289+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Originally published Saturday, March 20, 2004 | Gannett News Service
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An old Arab proverb says tyranny is better than anarchy. A year after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, Iraqis have scarcely had a day free of bedlam. That point was driven home Wednesday with the devastating bombing of a hotel in central Baghdad that killed dozens of people just two days before the war's one-year anniversary. Perhaps the worst day of violence was March 2, when suicide bombers attacked Shiite shrines in the holy city of Karbala and in Baghdad, killing more than 180 people. That attack, more than any other, has raised...
  • Pagan author, activist talks in Ithaca on possibilities for a more peaceful world

    10/11/2003 5:04:57 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies · 315+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Originally published Saturday, October 11, 2003 | By KELLI B. GRANT
    <p>ITHACA -- With the right attitude and a bit of magic, another world is possible, according to a Pagan author and activist.</p> <p>Starhawk spoke to more than 200 people Wednesday, encouraging them to take an active role in changing the world for the better. Citing Dion Fortune's definition of magic -- "the art of changing consciousness at will," Starhawk asked people to be aware of "broken things" in today's society, such as increased corporate control and global effects of American policies.</p>
  • Imagine if conservatives disrupted a Clinton rally: Column

    06/20/2016 3:14:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    USA Today | June 20, 2016 | Gary Bauer
    Link only due to copyright issues:
  • How do Pa. GOP delegates pick a candidate? (wide open to GOPe/Ted treachery!!!)

    04/12/2016 11:48:23 AM PDT · by dennisw · 121 replies ^ | EDT April 4, 2016 | Flint L. McColgan and Ed Mahon,
    <p>In Pennsylvania, some delegates will be pledged to support the candidate chosen by commonwealth voters, according to Megan Sweeney, the state party's communications director. That is different from previous years, when each delegate could choose who to vote for. The rules in Pennsylvania changed in September, when the Republican Party of Pennsylvania switched its methods to comply with the national party's rules.</p>
  • Media Hides Key Detail in the Virginia School District’s Islamic Lesson Controversy...

    12/19/2015 4:21:42 PM PST · by don-o · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 19, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    A Breitbart News investigation reveals that mainstream media outlets incorrectly reported a key detail in the story of the 9th grade World Geography teacher in Virginia who sparked a national controversy over a "calligraphy lesson" that required students to hand copy the Arabic characters that comprise the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith. According to news reports, the teacher said she "had not designed the assignment herself, but took it from a standard workbook on world religions." That was how the News Leader, a Gannett daily newspaper headquartered in Staunton, Virginia, initially reported the story on Thursday. Gannett is the...
  • Gannett Co. acquires Midwest, South newspapers for $280M

    10/07/2015 10:53:32 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2015 | Greg Moore
    Gannett Co. has reached an agreement to acquire newspaper company Journal Media Group for $280 million, giving the media giant control of publications in more than 100 local markets in the U.S., company officials announced Wednesday evening. Journal Media publications dot the Midwest and South and include the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Memphis (Tennessee) Commercial-Appeal and Knoxville (Tennessee) News Sentinel. Industry experts say the publications are a natural fit for Gannett’s strategy of maximizing short-term profits through managing the decline of publications in less competitive markets. [Snip] Journal Media Group was formed earlier this year, after Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and...
  • Gannett Reporter Simultaneously Promotes Obama Policy While Covering it “Objectively”

    12/19/2014 12:33:33 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | DECEMBER 19, 2014
    In a scandalous example of corrupt media supporting the Obama agenda, a mainstream newspaper reporter simultaneously wrote “objective news” about the First Lady’s contentious public school lunch program while secretly promoting it for a district, a Judicial Watch probe has found. It involves a small public school district in Weston Wisconsin. Last month a student at the high school, D.C. Everest High, organized a boycott of the new and despised school lunch, which is part of Michelle Obama’s $4.5 billion law (Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act) to combat childhood obesity and end childhood hunger in low-income neighborhoods. The student, a senior...
  • Bang! Editor fired after publishing gun-owner map

    08/08/2013 11:04:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 08/08/2013
    The editor of the New York newspaper that created a furor by publishing the names and addresses of gun-permit owners suddenly is out of a job. According to the Rockland Times, a competitor to the Gannett-owned Rockland County Journal News, editor Caryn McBride is among the casualties of a recent purge at the Journal News. The report said 17 journalists were among a total of 26 staff members at the Journal News who were let go. It was the Journal News that in 2012 published the names and addresses of all gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties under the...
  • USA Today Publishes BDS Press Release Almost Word for Word, Accuses Israel of ‘Large-Scale Abuses

    06/14/2013 4:53:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    the Algemeiner ^ | 6/14/13 | Zach Pontz
    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel found itself a friend in major American newspaper USA Today recently, when a press release about its efforts to have Alicia Keys cancel her upcoming show in Israel appeared almost verbatim in an article on the newspaper’s website. The American Journalist Jeffrey Goldberg first tweeted about the disturbing similarities Thursday, a day after the article appeared. “@USATODAY ran a BDS press release as a story. Here’s the newspaper piece Here’s the release” he wrote.
  • Newspaper That Put Gun Permit Map Online Hires Armed Guards (For angry complaints in NY)

    01/04/2013 12:25:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 2, 2013 | J. DAVID GOODMAN
    A newspaper based in White Plains that drew nationwide anger after publishing the names and addresses of handgun permit holders last month is being guarded by armed security personnel at two of its offices, the publisher said Wednesday. The increased security comes as the newspaper, The Journal News, has promised to forge ahead with plans to expand its interactive map of permit holders to include a third county in the suburbs of New York City, and local officials there have vowed to block the records’ release. The armed guards — hired from local private security companies — have been stationed...
  • Gannett requested to investigate ethics of anti-gun personnel

    01/03/2013 8:57:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/2/13 | David codrea
    A request to investigate violations is being filed this morning with the Chief Ethics Officer of Gannet, the media giant that owns The Journal News, which published gun permit holders' names and addresses, and the Des Moines Register, which published Donald Kaul's call for gun owners to be killed. Gannett's Ethics Policy is unequivocally stated: “To affect change for the good in the communities we serve, to make life better for the people who trust us to know them and do right by them.” "Every day, all of us at Gannett are given the rare and sacred opportunity to affect...
  • 'Journal News' hires armed security guards [gun control hypocrites]

    01/01/2013 4:21:06 PM PST · by grundle · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | January 1, 2013 | DYLAN BYERS
    The Journal News of West Nyack, N.Y., has hired armed security guards to defend its offices after receiving a torrent of phone calls and emails responding to the paper's publication of the names and addresses of area residents with pistol permits. RGA Investigations, a private security company, "is doing private security at on location at the Journal News as a result of the negative response to the article," according to a police report first obtained by the Rockland County Times (Nanuet, N.Y.) and shared with POLITICO. The guards "are armed and will be on site during business hours through at...
  • 'Journal News' advertisers face boycott over gun map (Gannett)

    12/31/2012 9:32:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/31/12 | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is calling for a nationwide boycott of the advertisers of the suburban New York newspaper that published online maps revealing names and addresses of people with pistol permits. **SNIP** The group is encouraging “concerned citizens” to contact national and local advertisers who use the Journal News — including Best Buy, CVS, IKEA and Target, among others — and tell them to stop running ads until the list of lower Hudson Valley pistol license holders is off the Web.
  • Time to Contact Gannett Board For Reaction to Invasion of Privacy to Legal Gun Permit Holders?

    12/29/2012 3:09:11 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 29, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    On Sunday, liberal New York newspaper The Journal News published the names and addresses of legal permit holders in two counties online and in print. If that wasn’t bad enough, this weekend, the Gannett owned Journal News announced that it will publish more names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits in the New York area. Enough is Enough. Two other outlets have posted names and personal contact info for the employees of this Gannett owned paper. Isn’t it about time the Gannett Board of Directors were contacted for their official reaction to this controversial practice? Do these board members...
  • New York newspaper to list more gun permit holders after uproar

    12/29/2012 9:43:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 159 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/29/12 | Noreen O'Donnell
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suburban New York newspaper that sparked an uproar among gun enthusiasts by publishing names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits is now planning to publish even more identities of permit-toting locals. Further names and addresses will be added as they become available to a map originally published on December 24 in the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, the newspaper said. The original map listed thousands of pistol permit holders in suburban Westchester and Rockland counties just north of New York City. Along with an article entitled "The gun owner next door: What you...
  • Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners' Names and Addresses

    12/24/2012 5:01:47 PM PST · by mandaladon · 178 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Dec 2012 | Colleen Curry
    A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area. Hundreds of residents in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun. The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the...
  • BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: NY Paper Publishes Legal Gun Permit Holders Names In Print & Online!

    12/24/2012 6:52:36 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 72 replies
    AMI Global Security ^ | 24 DEC 2012 | Tony Mele
    A New York Newspaper Printed the names and addresses of every Licensed Pistol Permit holder in two Counties and another County is being posted shortly! This is a massive privacy breach and the latest in a series of over the top emotional reactions to the latest shooting tragedy in Sandy Hook CT meant to intimidate the lawful and prey on peoples fears to exploit the gun grabbing agenda. In an article title “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood” the paper linked to an interactive map titled: “Map: Where are the gun...
  • Black couple denied wedding at Mississippi church July 30, 2012

    07/30/2012 4:16:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 74 replies
    ABC ^ | 7.30.2012 | ABC
    A rally will be held Monday night in Crystal Springs, Mississippi after a black couple wasn’t allowed to get married at their church because of their race. Continue reading The Wilsons were told they couldn’t wed at the town's First Baptist Church because it goes against tradition since a black couple had never been married there in its 129-year history. Charles Wilson and his fiance, Te'Andrea, wanted to get married there, but church members got upset. The paster then asked the couple to take their wedding elsewhere. "This had never been done here before, so it was setting a new...
  • Gannett journalists under fire for signing Scott Walker recall petition

    03/26/2012 6:30:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 16+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 03/26/2012 | Roy Greenslade
    While Lord Justice Leveson ponders where to draw the ethical line for British journalists, consider the latest ethical row in the United States.Some 25 editorial staff working for Gannett newspapers in Wisconsin have come under fire from their bosses - and some journalists - for taking part in a political ballot.They signed a petition demanding that the state's governor, Scott Walker, be recalled (reasons here).Kevin Corrado, publisher of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, called the journalists' action "disheartening" and said they would face "disciplinary measures." He told his readers: "It has caused us to examine how this could have happened, how...
  • Gannett CEO Quits For Medical Reasons

    10/07/2011 11:22:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Gannett shares are taking a hit today after chairman and CEO Craig Dubow resigned late yesterday. Gannett shares are taking a hit today after the print, broadcast and digital media company announced late yesterday chairman and CEO Craig Dubow has resigned due to disability. Dubow had taken a leave of absence beginning September 15 to address continuing issues related to a prior medical condition. President and chief operating officer Gracia Martore, who has been at the helm of the company since Dubow's medical leave, has been name president and CEO,
  • New York Times Swings To 2Q Loss On Charge, Revenue Decline

    07/21/2011 8:46:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | Jul 21, 2011 | | Melodie Warner
    New York Times Co. swung to a second-quarter loss on a write-down tied to its news media group, along with the continuing decline of advertising revenue and higher promotion costs related to the launch of digital subscription packages. New York Times, which also owns the Boston Globe, has signaled that its cost-cutting efforts, which have allowed it to remain mostly profitable despite its top-line declines, may be winding down. Most publishers have seen slower advertising-revenue declines, but the newspaper industry continues to battle circulation losses as readers migrate to the Internet. ... Revenue dropped 2.2% to $576.7 million, reflecting a...
  • Gannett Earnings Decline by 22% (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/19/2011 5:31:37 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    Gannett Co.'s second-quarter earnings fell 22% as advertising and circulation revenue continued sliding, though the company posted strong digital sales. The media company saw its bottom line rise for most of last year, aided by cost cuts and revenue growth at its broadcast and digital operations. But the trend ended last quarter, as earnings fell on persistent declines in print advertising and circulation. Advertising revenue fell 7% while circulation revenue dropped 2%. The broadcasting segment saw a 0.2% revenue increase while the digital business posted a 13% gain. Overall, revenue declined 2.2% to $1.33 billion. Gannett reported a profit of...
  • Indianapolis Star lays off 62 in cost-saving purge

    06/21/2011 6:54:29 PM PDT · by digger48 · 17 replies ^ | June 21, 2011 | CorySchouten
    The Indianapolis Star on Tuesday laid off 62 employees including more than 15 percent of its newsroom staff in the latest round of cost-cutting by Gannett Co. Inc., the newspaper's parent company. Among those laid off in Indianapolis were 26 newsroom employees including 12 copy editors and eight reporters, mostly those covering suburban news. The Star also eliminated 19 open positions, said Robert King, the newspaper's religion and philanthropy reporter and president of the Indianapolis Newspaper Guild. "The Indianapolis Star, I’ve been told repeatedly, continues to make money," King wrote in an e-mail. "Yet Gannett, and its corporate bosses in...
  • Gannett laying off 700 more workers amid ad slump

    06/21/2011 1:53:26 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 21, 2011
    The nation's largest newspaper publisher is laying off another 700 employees to cope with an unrelenting advertising slump. Gannett, the owner of USA Today and more than 80 other daily U.S. newspapers, hoped to complete the cuts Tuesday. The layoffs are occurring at most Gannett newspapers but not at USA Today. The payroll reductions represent 2 percent of Gannett's 32,600 employees. The division targeted in the cutbacks employs 22,400 people at newspapers that include The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic.
  • (Gannett) Monroe Print shifts to Shreveport; 27 jobs cut (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/16/2011 10:56:17 AM PDT · by abb · 5 replies
    Gannett Blog ^ | June 16, 2011 | Jim Hopkins
    Louisiana's Monroe News-Star said today that it would move its printing to The Times at Shreveport, effective Aug. 1. The switch will eliminate 12 full-time and 15 part-time jobs, the newspaper says in a story. The two cites are about 100 miles apart. "New positions will be added in Shreveport with the consolidation," the story says, "and Monroe employees will be given first option for those positions." The Times installed a Berliner press last year that produces a newspaper with an 18-inch depth. In addition, the Berliner press allows advertisers to place color advertising on every page, "which is important...
  • Does Gannett want to get rid of USA Today?

    02/14/2011 12:28:45 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Poynter ^ | 2/14/11 | by Jim Romenesko
    According to the Gannett Blog chatter, Gannett may be considering either selling USA Today or spinning it off as an independent company.
  • Gannett starts new CFO with $750K in salary, bonus

    12/11/2010 1:54:59 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | Nov 17, 2010
    <p>Gannett Co. is paying its newly hired chief financial officer at least $750,000 during his first year on the job as he tries to help the publisher of USA Today and more than 80 other newspapers rebound from a prolonged slump that has triggered a succession of layoffs.</p>
  • Gannett Lays Off Mg Editors (Company-wide layoffs underway - (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/04/2010 2:39:05 PM PDT · by abb · 25 replies
    Maynard Institute ^ | November 4, 2010 | Staff
    Don Hudson, managing editor of the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., and Rod Richardson, who held the same title at the Times in Shreveport, La., have been laid off in another round of cost-cutting under way at Gannett Co. newspapers, Hudson confirmed on Thursday. Both are black journalists. Hudson said he left on Wednesday after informing reporters and editors who reported to him. Gannett "worked extremely hard to try to find a spot for me," he said, but without success. In the office "there were lots of hugs, a few tears," and a few cross words, which he discouraged, Hudson said....
  • How Business Travelers Contributed to USA Today's Decline (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/05/2010 8:07:09 AM PDT · by abb · 56 replies
    Poynter Online ^ | September 5, 2010 | Adam Hochberg
    Even in an industry accustomed to bad news, the recent cutbacks at USA Today exposed a harsh reality: For many former readers, newspapers have become so passé that it's become hard even to give them away. Last month, the Gannett-owned publication announced it was laying off about 130 people, shifting its emphasis from its iconic print edition, and devoting more resources online. USA Today has experienced a sharp circulation drop, even among people who get the paper free -- the business travelers who make up more than half of its readership. As road warriors know, copies of USA Today have...
  • Merged Honolulu Star-Advertiser Begins June 7 : As Many As 400 People Will Be Laid Off

    05/13/2010 8:05:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 260+ views
    KITV4 ^ | May 12, 2010 | Keoki Kerr,
    The merged Honolulu Star-Advertiser debuts June 7, with nearly 400 people losing their jobs in the process, according to the publisher of the combined newspaper. The last day that both The Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin will publish separately will be Sunday, June 6... The Star-Bulletin purchased The Advertiser from the Gannett Co. and Francis said he expects to hire about half of the Advertiser's 580 employees, meaning about 290 Advertiser workers will lose their jobs in the merger. The Advertiser, one of Gannett’s larger newspapers with a daily circulation of about 130,000, was founded in 1856 and purchased...
  • ( Gannett ) Newspaper giant leaves the islands ( Hawaii )

    05/02/2010 11:04:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 591+ views
    Star-Bulletin ^ | May 02, 2010 | Allison Schaefers
    The corporate Goliath of the media world, Gannett Co., walks away tomorrow from nearly four decades of newspaper ownership in Hawaii after selling the spoils to the owner of its longtime rival Honolulu Star-Bulletin. According to industry analyst John Morton, "Gannett was essentially the winner in all this, but they elected to withdraw by selling." "At some point in a competitive situation, even when you have a company with very deep pockets, if they suspect that their opponent is going to stick in there even if it is losing money—it just might not be worth it for them to stay,"...
  • ObamaCare: Gannett Reporter Neglects Vital Information About Suddenly Undecided Congressman

    03/16/2010 4:21:06 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies · 812+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 16, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    "Is it safe?" That famous line from the movie "Marathon Man" comes to mind when considering the attitude of Ohio Congressman Zack Space about ObamaCare. Back in January, after Space caught heat for voting for the House version of ObamaCare in November, he decided it was safe to "boldly" express his opposition to the Senate bill on the heels of Nancy Pelosi declaring it DOA at the time. Here is what Space had to say in January as recorded in your humble correspondent's NewsBusters blog: U.S. Rep. Zack Space said Thursday he plans to oppose the health care bill passed...
  • Unpaid leave at USA Today (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/12/2010 1:46:50 PM PST · by abb · 28 replies · 476+ views
    Washington Business Journal ^ | February 11, 2010 | Jeff Clabaugh
    Unpaid furloughs at Gannett Co. Inc. in McLean will now include nearly 1,500 employees at its flagship USA Today. USA Today employees will be required to take one week of unpaid leave between now and July. In a memo to employees Thursday, USA Today publisher David Hunke also said an existing pay freeze, first implemented in February 2009, will be extended by at least 90 days. A USA Today spokesperson confirms the furloughs and pay freeze extension affect all 1,495 of USA Today’s employees. "National advertising revenues in general were still down from the previous year as were paid advertising...
  • USA Today cutting 26 jobs (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/01/2009 12:54:37 PM PST · by abb · 22 replies · 674+ views ^ | December 1, 2009 | Michael Calderone
    USA Today editor John Hillkirk, who took over the job in April, informed staff today that there will be 26 jobs cut at the newspaper. Hillkirk, in an memo obtained by POLITICO, wrote that those laid off will “be notified today or as soon as possible.” In a second memo, staffers were informed that there will be a merger between USA Today's news operation and USA WEEKEND. The moves come on the same day that parent-company Gannett announced the institution of furloughs for 2010, just as they did this year. In addition to layoffs, Hillkirk explained in the memo how...
  • Gannett ad sales still dropping despite 3Q profit (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/19/2009 5:37:53 AM PDT · by abb · 23 replies · 864+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | October 19, 2009 | Staff
    Cost cutting produced a solidly profitable third quarter for Gannett Co. But the latest financial results for the country's largest newspaper publisher show another big decline in ad revenue. Gannett owns USA Today, more than 80 other newspapers and 23 television stations. Its earnings Monday follow a similar report last week from McClatchy Co., another big newspaper owner that has managed to profit even as its main revenue source withers. Gannett's ad sales in its publishing division dropped 28 percent from a year ago. That follows a 32 percent decline in the second quarter and a 34 percent decline in...
  • Louisiana (Gannett) papers consolidating printing (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/17/2009 4:39:03 AM PDT · by abb · 13 replies · 693+ views ^ | September 17, 2009 | Staff
    Gannett's The Town Talk in Alexandria, La., will lay off about 40 employees when it shifts its printing next month to Lafayette, La., according to a Wednesday memo. Leslie Hurst, Gannett's vice president of the South group and publisher of The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette announced the move in a memo obtained by In the memo, Hurst said, "this decision was not made lightly, but is the result of a great deal of thought and research to ensure that we are making the best decision for both operations." According to a story published Wednesday on The Town Talk's Web...
  • Boycott the USA Today Newspaper

    09/14/2009 7:08:12 AM PDT · by ncfool · 56 replies · 1,662+ views
    USA TODAY NEWSPAPER | September 14, 2009 | self
    Sitting here in my DC hotel room this morning and received the Hotel's USA Today newspaper and took a look through the front page section. Guess What! The USA Today didn't even have any story on the Washington Tea Party. Can you imagine that! No story. The Newspaper media is wondering why their readership is declining its obivious that they are the Obama Media department and they work for the Democratic party. Can you imagine that 1,500,000 people attended a rally in DC to wake up the politicians and they USA Today doesn't cover it. I guess we have the...
  • Westchester (Journal-News, Weschster, NY) biz news staff gone (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/28/2009 5:48:56 AM PDT · by abb · 29 replies · 792+ views
    Talking Biz News ^ | August 28, 2009 | Chris Roush
    The entire business news staff at The Journal News in Westchester County, New York, a Gannett newspaper, is gone this week in the round of 50 cutbacks at the paper. These include business editor Mike Bieger and reporters Julie Moran Alterio, Jerry Gleeson and Jay Loomis. The former business editor, who was most recently data desk editor, Frank Brill, was also laid off. Brill is a former board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. The move calls into question whether eliminating coverage of business news in the worst recession in two decades is a good idea....
  • (Indianapolis) Star Workers Swallow 10 Percent Pay Cut In New Contract

    08/26/2009 9:17:38 AM PDT · by Abathar · 13 replies · 426+ views ^ | August 26, 2009 | Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS -- The union representing newsroom and other employees at The Indianapolis Star has ratified a two-year contract that includes a 10 percent pay cut. The Newspaper Guild Local 34070 said its members voted 56-45 on Tuesday in favor of the contract, which runs through August 2011 and suspends all merit pay increases. The contract covers 170 editorial and building services employees. Company officials have said the pay cut is necessary because of the recession. Guild members in June voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract offer from the Gannett Co.-owned Star that called for 12 percent pay cuts. The Star...
  • Gannett Blog: The Exit Interview

    08/01/2009 12:46:42 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 719+ views
    Forbes ^ | 7/30/2009 | Dirk Smillie
    Jim Hopkins on his muckraking meta-site, loved by ex-employees and loathed by management. Jim Hopkins worked at Gannett for 20 years, writing and editing in newsrooms at four newspapers, including USA Today. He took a buyout, then launched the Gannett Blog in late 2007. Unaffliated with the company, it turned into a sounding board for employees, at times resembling "angry talk radio," says Hopkins. Drawing kudos for its crowd-sourcing, Gannett Blog used a community of current and exiled company employees to break stories, dish gossip and publish leaks. One section wooed them with this pitch: "A look in someone's eyes....
  • Gannett Posts Profit Despite Continued Slide in Advertising (I'm not dead yet!)

    07/15/2009 5:13:39 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 6 replies · 247+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 15 July 2009 | Frank Ahrens
    McLean-based Gannett -- the nation's largest publisher of newspapers, including USA Today -- today said it posted a $70.5 million profit in the second quarter, compared to a loss last year, despite a continue slide in advertising revenue. The results were better than analysts had expected and sent Gannett stock soaring; it closed up 29 percent to $4.50 per share today. The profit came from cost-cutting, not growth. And the company predicted that revenues would continue to dip in its broadcast unit next quarter.