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USA Today cutting 26 jobs (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Politico.com ^ | December 1, 2009 | Michael Calderone

Posted on 12/01/2009 12:54:37 PM PST by abb

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 USA Today would deal with a “challenging time for our industry.”

Over the next several weeks, we'll be examining changes in our structure and workflow that will help us to push the news to multiple platforms in the most efficient, non-bureaucratic way possible. Finding ways to maximize our resources, while eliminating duplication and less valuable or unnecessary work, will be the goal.

In addition, we will be working with a team from USA WEEKEND to integrate the two operations. As Marcia describes in her email, there will be a number of people moving into the LIFE section shortly. We look forward to working with WEEKEND in a collaborative fashion to publish a high-quality magazine using our combined resources.

USA Today, like other news organizations, is facing a tough economic situation.

Right now, the New York Times is in the midst of a buyout program, with layoffs coming if 100 staffers don’t sign up. The Washington Post recently cut positions as part of its web-print merger, and the Associated Press laid off staff throughout the country last month.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; dbm; gannett; newspapers
Tuesday afternoon good news.
1 posted on 12/01/2009 12:54:38 PM PST by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


2 posted on 12/01/2009 12:55:19 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

How many jobs are they saving?


3 posted on 12/01/2009 12:56:18 PM PST by MaxMax (Obamao can't play in the Olympic reindeer games)
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To: abb

Next time any one of us stays at a hotel that rag USA Today will be lighter than usual. Oh well.....guess we’ll live....


4 posted on 12/01/2009 12:57:44 PM PST by uncitizen (I'm mad as hell and i'm not gonna take it anymore!!)
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To: abb

***Finding ways to maximize our resources, while eliminating duplication and less valuable or unnecessary work, will be the goal.***

eliminating duplication = White House & Congressional aides will type copy directly into our publications”

less valuable = any employee who disagrees with Democrats’ policies

unnecessary work = investigative journalists who go out looking for facts, truth and government waste, fraud and abuse


5 posted on 12/01/2009 1:01:21 PM PST by sodpoodle (Stop wasting our wealth and start telling the truth.)
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To: abb

http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45&aid=174209
Gannett to institute furloughs in first quarter of 2010

http://newsosaur.blogspot.com/
Journicide: A looming, lost generation of scribes

http://www.thewrap.com/article/big-media-honchos-face-feds-10961
Big Media Honchos to Face the Feds

http://dscriber.com/home/687-a-journalists-confession-about-canceling-the-newspaper-part-2.html
A journalist’s confession about canceling the newspaper

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/11/what-if-the-nightly-newscast-you-watched-was-tailored-to-your-interests-and-the-broadcasters-only-spoke-about-the-movies-you.html
A twist on broadcast journalism and sports writing

http://sustainablejournalism.org/weblog/post/1493/
Clay Shirky on journalism’s future: Revolutions get worse first

http://paidcontent.org/article/419-world-newspaper-congress-someone-please-save-a-newspaper-instead/
@ World Newspaper Congress: Someone Please Save a Newspaper Instead?

http://paidcontent.org/article/419-world-newspaper-congress-dow-jones-ceo-beware-of-geeks-bearing-gifts/
@ World Newspaper Congress: Dow Jones CEO: Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts


6 posted on 12/01/2009 1:01:25 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
Democrat party propaganda and brainwashing can't die soon enough.


7 posted on 12/01/2009 1:03:51 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: abb

>> USA Today, like other news organizations, is facing a tough economic situation.

Heh heh... apparently they’re also grappling with an identity confusion situation too, because they are NOT a “news” organization.

Maybe for Christmas I’ll send Neuharth a dictionary with the word “propaganda” hilighted.


8 posted on 12/01/2009 1:04:40 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Stop dissing drunken sailors! At least they spend their OWN money.)
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To: abb

Only 26? Oh well at least it’s in time for the holidays.


9 posted on 12/01/2009 1:08:11 PM PST by MovementConservative (Go Ducks! Rose Bowl or bust.)
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To: abb

I didn’t realize there were that many conservatives working for USA Today.


10 posted on 12/01/2009 1:09:50 PM PST by pallis
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To: abb

http://www.adweek.com/aw/content_display/news/media/e3i1305d2cc633a916ddaf6608b53fc5032
Murdoch Tells Feds: Let the Media Be
Industry titan says news biz must remain independent and unregulated

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/391255-NCTA_Proposes_A_Broadband_Adoption_Program_For_Low_Income_Families.php
NCTA Proposes “A+” Broadband Adoption Program For Low-Income Families
Effort would provide families of middle school students with half price service

http://www.buzzmachine.com/
Compare/contrast

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/organgrinder/2009/dec/01/false-gospel-web-murdoch-lieutenant
The ‘false gospel of the web’: Murdoch lieutenant attacks free content

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004049903
Gannett to Furlough U.S. Community Publishing Employees in Q1 2010

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004049834
Murdoch: News Must Stay Independent, Just Not ‘Free’

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004049800
Steiger: Embrace Internet, But Protect Journalism

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004049835
E.W. Scripps’ Contreras to FTC: Help Newspapers Protect Online Content

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004049842
75,000 Copycats A Month: Study Reveals Extensive Copying of U.S. Newspaper Content


11 posted on 12/01/2009 1:11:31 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Hate to see anyone lose their job, to tell you the truth. The market sucks.


12 posted on 12/01/2009 1:13:19 PM PST by mysterio
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To: MaxMax

There’s 26 jobs of the millions of jobs that Obama didn’t save.

Seems the the state run media isn’t keeping up with all the “hope & change”.


13 posted on 12/01/2009 1:16:35 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is Americas First Failed Black Pres-dent.....)
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To: abb

Oh my goodness. I just read the rest of the article... this is really bad. LMAO

Don’t they know that it’s almost Christmas, oh that’s right, they don’t believe in that stuff. To them I say, “ Have a Merry Unemployment.... or whatever”.


14 posted on 12/01/2009 1:21:40 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is Americas First Failed Black Pres-dent.....)
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To: abb

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Cellphone-news-next-big-thing-in-media/articleshow/5286469.cms
‘Cellphone news, next big thing in media’

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20091201/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_ftc_journalism
Murdoch: Media must get readers to pay for online

http://www.newser.com/off-the-grid/post/342/should-google-worry.html
Should Google Worry?

http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091201/NEWS/912010318
Cable 6 cuts 10 employees in newsroom

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/artman2/publish/Television_44/Farewell_CBS_s_Three_Rivers_runs_dry.asp
Farewell: CBS’s ‘Three Rivers’ runs dry

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/media_beat/dan_rather_on_what_the_comcastnbcu_deal_might_mean_for_nbc_news_144527.asp
Dan Rather on What the Comcast-NBCU Deal Might Mean for NBC News

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/dec/01/greenspun-reorganizes-local-media-operation-cuts-s/
Greenspun reorganizes local media operation, cuts staff

http://cancelthebee.blogspot.com/2009/12/more-on-mcclatchys-77-million-pension.html
More on McClatchy’s $77 million pension fund loss due to fraud

http://www.magazinedeathpool.com/
Giant Magazine: RIP November 2009

http://www.gannettoid.com/index.html
Gannett confirms more furloughs

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/media-velocity.html
Velocity of Media Consumption: TV vs. the Web

http://www.niemanlab.org/2009/12/tell-us-more-paul/
Tell us more, Paul

http://www.dankennedy.net/
The state of distributed reporting


15 posted on 12/01/2009 1:29:03 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Gator113

And notice the other stories about Gannett instituting furloughs in the first quarter of next year.


16 posted on 12/01/2009 1:30:18 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
drip-drip-drip... LOL

All nonessential weight, over the side!. :o)

17 posted on 12/01/2009 1:30:44 PM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: abb

He’s failing everywhere.


18 posted on 12/01/2009 1:34:28 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is Americas First Failed Black Pres-dent.....)
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To: abb

USA WEEKEND?!?!?!!?!

This had better not cut into my ration of Jen/Brad/Angelina news!


19 posted on 12/01/2009 1:37:46 PM PST by relictele
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To: abb

http://thejournalismshop.com/dnn/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx
Journalists struggle with finances,
retirement after parting L.A. Times


20 posted on 12/01/2009 3:01:05 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
If you lie, distort, spin and/or omit key details in a news story to your customers, ultimately it catches up to you.....

Murdock is taking Neuharth to school every day, showing Neuharth how the news business is, and should be done......fair and balanced, Al.....those important journalistic and ethical qualities that, in all your years of scamming your readership, you never quite grasped.

21 posted on 12/01/2009 3:42:24 PM PST by AdvisorB (Obamatude could be defined by Blago as something tangible, but not quite as tangible as JJJ's offer.)
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To: abb
Over the next several weeks, we'll be examining changes in our structure and workflow that will help us to push the news to multiple platforms in the most efficient, non-bureaucratic way possible. Finding ways to maximize our resources, while eliminating duplication and less valuable or unnecessary work, will be the goal.

In other words, they'll eliminate reporters all together and just go straight to press with DNC faxes.

22 posted on 12/01/2009 4:30:38 PM PST by Hardastarboard (Maureen Dowd is right. I DON'T like our President's color. He's a Red.)
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To: Grampa Dave; Milhous

Renting out the spare bedrooms to help make ends meet...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/12/01/BUMF1AT812.DTL&type=tech
Tech ‘incubators’ moving to Chronicle building


23 posted on 12/01/2009 5:41:42 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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