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Unpaid leave at USA Today (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Washington Business Journal ^ | February 11, 2010 | Jeff Clabaugh

Posted on 02/12/2010 1:46:50 PM PST by abb

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 pages at USA Today," Hunke said in the memo. "Circulation sales continued to be lower in the fourth quarter."

In December, parent company Gannett imposed one week unpaid furloughs on most of its community newspaper employees to be taken in the first quarter of 2010. Those furloughs also affect some employees at its digital division and its corporate offices, and are on top of two rounds of one week unpaid furloughs in 2009.

USA Today eliminated more than two dozen jobs last year. Gannett cut 1,400 jobs companywide in 2009.

Gannett (NYSE: GCI) reported a $133.6 million fourth quarter profit, reversing a year ago quarterly loss of $4.71 billion as belt tightening countered a continued decline in sales. Revenue fell 14 percent to $1.5 billion while print advertising sales at its newspapers fell 17.9 percent.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; dbm; dinomedia; gannett; goodriddence; newspapers; usaptooey; usatoday
Friday afternoon good news.
1 posted on 02/12/2010 1:46:50 PM PST by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


2 posted on 02/12/2010 1:47:19 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

Hopey Changey, Re-Arrangey...


3 posted on 02/12/2010 1:51:22 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: abb

Headline: Titanic Deck Chairs Re-Arranged Yet Again!

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of Liberals. :)


4 posted on 02/12/2010 1:53:04 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: abb

http://kansascity.bizjournals.com/kansascity/stories/2010/02/08/daily41.html
Local information site Examiner.com ramps up its Kansas City presence

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/viacom-tries-to-regain-its-mojo-2010-02-11
Commentary: MTV struggles to regain relevance

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/02/12/exploring_truth_in_journalism/
Exploring truth in ‘journalism’

http://www.news.wisc.edu/17655
Study: Bloggers’ reasons for writing change over time

http://newsosaur.blogspot.com/2010/02/maybe-others-should-copy-early-lat.html
Maybe others should copy early LAT deadlines

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0211-tribune-20100211,0,5210535.story
Tribune Co., senior creditors seek to block challenge by junior creditors


5 posted on 02/12/2010 1:55:18 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: Secret Agent Man

Bush’ fault..


6 posted on 02/12/2010 1:55:26 PM PST by max americana
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To: Secret Agent Man

USA Ptooey. Aren’t they on the “do not excerpt, do not link” list?

Won’t be missed.


7 posted on 02/12/2010 1:55:35 PM PST by a fool in paradise (DON'T SAY "Happy Valentines' Day". It's Happy Holidays! This is the Holiday Season (Prez Day Feb15))
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To: abb

http://www.editorsweblog.org/newspaper/2010/02/more_layoff_details_from_the_guardian.php
More layoff details from The Guardian

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/2010/02/08/daily26.html
NY Times sees more declines at Globe unit

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123609984
‘Newsonomics’ Predicts The Future Of The Media

http://flowtv.org/?p=4771
Not So New

http://www.newspaperdeathwatch.com/
Publishers Find a Tenuous Balance

http://gannettblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/urgent-investor-brandes-sells-all-23.html
Urgent: Investor Brandes sells 23 million shares; California money manager was once top holder


8 posted on 02/12/2010 2:06:38 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

1,495 employees to put out McPaper??


9 posted on 02/12/2010 2:10:33 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: abb

big bump

By the way, the end of Dinosaurs was Bush’s fault


10 posted on 02/12/2010 2:12:18 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: abb

“Honey...how much money is left in poppas trust fund...?


11 posted on 02/12/2010 2:15:45 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: abb

Well now, maybe these good folks will use their unpaid week off to do community service or community organizing for Dear Leader.


12 posted on 02/12/2010 2:32:58 PM PST by Happyinmygarden (Yes, actually, I have pretty much seen and heard it all before...)
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To: abb
USA Today employees will be required to take one week of unpaid leave between now and July.

That's one way to handle it....or....just maybe, they could quit publishing crap that offends the half of the population that can read and can also afford the price of a daily newspaper...I'm just sayin'...

13 posted on 02/12/2010 2:37:19 PM PST by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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To: Secret Agent Man

a man with a hostile heart


14 posted on 02/12/2010 2:37:53 PM PST by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve =^..^= =^!!^=)
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To: a fool in paradise
Aren’t they on the “do not excerpt, do not link” list?

Do they have a website? I just thought they published that paper that all of the hotels give away for free...

After a business trip, they are great for starting fires in the fireplace...

15 posted on 02/12/2010 2:39:22 PM PST by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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To: Taffini

bump


16 posted on 02/12/2010 2:39:26 PM PST by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve =^..^=....... =^!!^=)
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To: Taffini

d


17 posted on 02/12/2010 2:40:01 PM PST by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve =^..^=.... =^!!^=)
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To: Taffini

he interviewed Bill Clinton once nd I thought he would end up in his lap before it was over.


18 posted on 02/12/2010 2:42:02 PM PST by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve =^..^=.... =^!!^= and neither do I)
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To: Onelifetogive

Hotels don’t always give away that paper for free, they’ll set it in front of your door and charge you if you take it inside. Or they will add it to your bill unless you tell them NOT to drop it off...


19 posted on 02/12/2010 2:44:04 PM PST by a fool in paradise (DON'T SAY "Happy Valentines' Day". It's Happy Holidays! This is the Holiday Season (Prez Day Feb15))
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To: GeronL; molybdenum; Impy; TigersEye

Did USA Today endorse the One and bash Bush?


20 posted on 02/12/2010 2:47:47 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (2010 HOUSE RACES! Help everyone get the goods on their House Rats. See my profile.)
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To: Taffini

LOL!


21 posted on 02/12/2010 2:51:51 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

I don’t know who they endorsed it doesn’t really matter if they endorse a Republican when the rest of the paper is far left wing.


22 posted on 02/12/2010 3:08:16 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: abb

Here's a nice, easy-to-understand chart for your typical USAToday reader.

23 posted on 02/12/2010 3:22:12 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

USA Today headline: “We’re F*&%ed”


24 posted on 02/12/2010 4:20:36 PM PST by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: GeronL

Thank you for the input, FRiend. Best I can tell, USA Today hasn’t made many friends in talk radio.


25 posted on 02/12/2010 4:46:35 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (2010 HOUSE RACES! Help everyone get the goods on their House Rats. See my profile.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

You would think any “unbiased” media would have a finger in talk radio. But nope. They aren’t unbiased of course.


26 posted on 02/12/2010 5:58:11 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: GeronL

Yeah. May the USA Today rest in pieces.


27 posted on 02/12/2010 6:28:54 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (2010 HOUSE RACES! Help everyone get the goods on their House Rats. See my profile.)
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To: abb

You know, if they returned the price to 50 cents instead of a dollar... and just inserted an advertising section, they’d probably increase sales *AND* advertising revenue.


28 posted on 02/12/2010 7:10:26 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: abb

Damn abb what happen to those hotels I stay at hotels they gave us Free USA Today over summer months


29 posted on 02/13/2010 9:05:35 AM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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