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Gannett laying off 700 more workers amid ad slump
Washington Examiner ^ | June 21, 2011

Posted on 06/21/2011 1:53:26 PM PDT by Zakeet

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: employment; gannett; msm; newspaper

1 posted on 06/21/2011 1:53:33 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

What goes around comes around.


2 posted on 06/21/2011 1:54:15 PM PDT by albie
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To: abb
Ping to another bad day for our friends at Gan-Nay.
3 posted on 06/21/2011 1:54:39 PM PDT by Zakeet (Obozo's just released birth certificate proves the Wee Wee was born in Hawaii - our 57th state)
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To: Zakeet
A "slump" would imply it it coming back someday.

Not for you, Gannett.

4 posted on 06/21/2011 1:56:59 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: Zakeet
The layoffs are Gannett Co.'s biggest in two years and are the latest austerity measures ...
Austerity? That's for the worker bees but not for the elitist, lefty CEO ...Maybe he can join the other losers on 0bama's "Job Council."
5 posted on 06/21/2011 2:02:14 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Zakeet
Gannett laying off 700 more workers

I wonder if the last few will resort to cannibalism in the office?

6 posted on 06/21/2011 2:03:13 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: Zakeet

“As slump”? Hell, newpapers are nothing BUT ads and liberals opeds. There is no substance to them anymore.


7 posted on 06/21/2011 2:06:38 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Zakeet

Shaddenfruede!


8 posted on 06/21/2011 2:07:04 PM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: albie

well this was unexpected!


9 posted on 06/21/2011 2:08:12 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: albie

Well, I know for a fact that their focus for the past 10 years was hiring for “diversity,” rather than hiring people who could write.


10 posted on 06/21/2011 2:10:51 PM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: albie
Well . . . Bye!


11 posted on 06/21/2011 2:13:19 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Zakeet

The local Gannett generipaper here in Indy is constantly advertising for employees.

They must be doing the “flush everybody over 50 and hire low wage newbies” thing.


12 posted on 06/21/2011 2:13:25 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Zakeet

Lean forward (bend over). Paging Krugman.


13 posted on 06/21/2011 2:14:43 PM PDT by SanFranDan
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To: Zakeet

I’ll put up the ping list in a few minutes.

http://gannettblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/urgent-gannett-announces-700-newspaper.html

Bulletin: Gannett announces 700 newspaper layoffs


14 posted on 06/21/2011 2:16:47 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: duckworth

That explains why there are so many spelling and grammatical mistakes. Surprised articles aren’t written in ebonics.


15 posted on 06/21/2011 2:19:07 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Zakeet
Didn't USA Today endorse Obama (and his economic policies) back in 2008?
16 posted on 06/21/2011 2:21:18 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: nascarnation

“The local Gannett generipaper here in Indy is constantly advertising for employees.

They must be doing the “flush everybody over 50 and hire low wage newbies” thing.”

___________________________________________________________

I think there is rapid turnover at the Star due to the fact that people have to work along side Matt Tully!


17 posted on 06/21/2011 2:22:56 PM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: Zakeet

Bwahaahaaahaaaaa....


18 posted on 06/21/2011 2:28:26 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (Hey you Gannett drones, are you better off than you were four years ago? How about four hours ago?)
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To: Zakeet

If newspapers laid off the lies, propaganda and cheerleading for Marxism, they wouldn’t need to lay off employees.

Today, we’re seeing the worst, most execrable writing in the history of American print media.


19 posted on 06/21/2011 2:36:40 PM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization that must be outlawed)
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To: Zakeet

Home and Change! Good luck finding a job.


20 posted on 06/21/2011 2:37:29 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Zakeet

I wonder if they will claim their layoffs were “Unexpected” or “Due to the weather”

And I also wonder if those laid off grasp the total irony that the very same Liberal policies they propagandized for are the very same polices that contributed to the economic conditions leading to their own layoffs.


21 posted on 06/21/2011 2:38:40 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Zakeet

Unfortunately, few of those losing their jobs are newsroom leftists. These are people in ad sales, accounting, delivery, marketing and production.


22 posted on 06/21/2011 2:41:26 PM PDT by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: Hoodat

>Didn’t USA Today endorse Obama (and his economic policies) back in 2008?>

They still do and more liberal than ever. There’s a reason why WSJ took the top spot of number 1 newspaper in America from USAT because they kissed Obama’s ass so hard USA Today nauseated their readers.


23 posted on 06/21/2011 2:51:25 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: Zakeet

I wish the Fort Worth Star Telegram were a Gannett newspaper and just disappear... The “StartleGram” is nothing but a mouthpiece for Progressive Demorats and an obama apologist. In over a ten year period of time the StartleGram printed dozens and perhaps hundreds of articles on illegal immigration - 99% of which supported Illegal Aliens... “poor pitiful hard working yada yada yada blather...”


24 posted on 06/21/2011 2:55:40 PM PDT by ICCtheWay
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To: Zakeet

Hope they are enjoying the obama downturn they refuse to write about.


25 posted on 06/21/2011 2:57:36 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: Zakeet

Hope they are enjoying the obama downturn they refuse to write about.


26 posted on 06/21/2011 2:57:36 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: TMA62

LOL I’ve traded emails a few times with that liberal jack@ss.
That boy has the negative synergy of stupid and stubborn.


27 posted on 06/21/2011 3:07:32 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; carmenbmw; ...

ping

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/06/fair-use-defense/
Righthaven Loss: Judge Rules Reposting Entire Article Is Fair Use

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/470064-Dems_FCC_Reform_Bill_Could_Hurt_Not_Help_FCC_Process.php
Dems: FCC Reform Bill Could Hurt, Not Help, FCC Process

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/studios-disarming-cable-in-battle-with-netflix-2011-06-20
Studios disarming cable in battle with Netflix
Time Warner Cable CEO: Rights squabbles must be resolved

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57379.html
Don Graham’s family sells $10 million in Washington Post Company stock

IMPORTANT!!!
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/20/theflyonthewall-wallstreet-banks-idUSN1E75J0M920110620
A federal appeals court handed a major defeat to Wall Street banks by ruling that an online news service did not misappropriate their stock research by publishing headlines about analyst upgrades and downgrades.

Reversing a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Theflyonthewall.com Inc should not be punished for systematically republishing “hot news” on its website.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/the-nbc-newscnbc-exodus-why-is-so-much-top-talent-leaving-the-network/
The NBC News/CNBC Exodus, Why Is So Much Top Talent Leaving The Network?

http://newsosaur.blogspot.com/2011/06/cable-news-overdosed-at-weiner-roast.html
Cable news overdosed at the Weiner roast

http://www.niemanlab.org/2011/06/steven-rosenbaum-curation-community-and-the-future-of-news/
Steven Rosenbaum: Curation, community and the future of news


28 posted on 06/21/2011 3:17:17 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Zakeet

Our local paper is a Gannett paper. Try getting decent coverage for a community activity, especially a patriotic one. Darned near impossible. Yet if coverage was reliable and consistent, the membership would subscribe or give them clicks. Heck, if they would allow excerpting or even just linking here on FR, they’d generate more traffic. Nice business model they have going there, a blue editorial bias in a red county.


29 posted on 06/21/2011 3:21:40 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (From her lips to the voters' ears: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We own the economy" June 15, 2011)
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To: abb

Did you see that Ed Henry left CNN to become FOX NEWS chief WH correspondent..


30 posted on 06/21/2011 3:35:53 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: NonValueAdded

One can only hope that those laid-off voted for nobama. Bwahahahahahahahaha! to them.


31 posted on 06/21/2011 3:36:56 PM PDT by hal ogen ( of Rights.)
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To: ken5050; conservatism_IS_compassion; Jim Robinson

Yes. Fox is the loser on the deal.

Now more on the “hot news” ruling. HUGH, HUGH and SERIES impact.

http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/10-1372/10-1372_both-2011-06-20.html

Justia.com Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, the district court entered a judgment for plaintiffs concluding that on seventeen occasions, defendant had infringed plaintiffs’ copyrights in their research reports, and that by collecting and disseminating to its own subscribers the summary recommendations with respect to securities trading contained in plaintiffs’ reports, defendant had committed the New York state law tort of “hot news” misappropriation. Defendant appealed the judgment and injunction against it on the “hot news” misappropriation claim. The court held that plaintiffs’ claim against defendant for “hot news” misappropriation of the plaintiff financial firms’ recommendations to clients and prospective clients as to trading in corporate securities was preempted by federal copyright law. Based upon principles explained and applied in National Basketball Association v. Motorola (”NBA”), the court held that because plaintiffs’ claim fell within the “general scope” of copyright, 17 U.S.C. 106, and involved the type of works protected by the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 102 and 103, and because defendant’s acts at issue did not meet the exceptions for a “hot news” misappropriation claim as recognized by NBA, the claim was preempted. Accordingly, the court reversed the judgment of the district court with respect to that claim.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_News_Service_v._Associated_Press
The Court held in favor of the AP, with Justice Mahlon Pitney’s writing for the majority. A vigorous dissent was given by Justice Louis D. Brandeis.

Pitney held that the information found in the AP news was not copyrightable as “the information respecting current events contained in the literary production is not the creation of a writer but is a report of matters that ordinarily are publici juris; it is the history of the day.” Instead, Pitney approached the issue from the perspective of unfair competition. He found that there was a quasi-property right in the news as it is “stock in trade to be gathered at the cost of enterprise, organization, skill, labor and money, and to be distributed and sold to those who will pay money for it”. Given the “economic value” of the news, a company can have limited proprietary interest in it against a competitor (but not the public) who would attempt to take advantage of the information.[2]

Pitney characterized INS’s behavior as misappropriation. Due to the tenuous value of “hot” news, Pitney narrowed the period for which the proprietary right would apply: this doctrine “postpones participation by complainant’s competitor in the processes of distribution and reproduction of news that it has not gathered, and only to the extent necessary to prevent that competitor from reaping the fruits of complainant’s efforts and expenditure.”[2]


32 posted on 06/21/2011 3:47:00 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Zakeet

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

33 posted on 06/21/2011 3:48:50 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: abb

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110620-710404.html
UPDATE: Court Reverses Ruling Restricting Publishing Of Ratings

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/06/21/news-aggregators-score-a-big-win/
News aggregators score a big win

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110620/13271614771/appeals-court-realizes-hot-news-makes-no-sense-dumps-injunction-theflyonthewall.shtml
Appeals Court Realizes Hot News Makes No Sense; Dumps Injunction On TheFlyOnTheWall

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/wall-street-banks-lose-ruling-on-research/
Big Banks Lose Ruling on Research

http://www.cnbc.com/id/43467957
Court Swats Wall Street, Lets ‘Fly’ Keep Buzzing


34 posted on 06/21/2011 4:02:43 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: albie

“What goes around comes around.”

That’s right; now they can partake in the miraculous economic boom they’ve been lying to us about for 2 years...


35 posted on 06/21/2011 4:32:14 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: jersey117

“Hope they are enjoying the obama downturn they refuse to write about.”

Damn straight; in six months these will be the most candid right-wingers you could ever meet.


36 posted on 06/21/2011 4:35:32 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2
Damn straight; in six months these will be the most candid right-wingers you could ever meet.

Nope, Liberals are stuck on stupid

In 6 months, even as their unemployment is running down, they will be over at the Huffington Post writing for free about how dumb Conservatives are

37 posted on 06/21/2011 4:51:39 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

Crap papers produce fewer readers....


38 posted on 06/21/2011 4:53:22 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Zakeet; ABS

My wife and I are heading to the coast for a few days/nights.

I have told the hotel/inn to hold their so called Free USALIES Today and deduct a $ from my bill.

So we will save a couple of bucks and help rid the earth of a worthless lying polluter.


39 posted on 06/21/2011 5:26:31 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: Zakeet

Oh well. Hope those liberal editorialists get the boot first.


40 posted on 06/21/2011 5:30:51 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: sergeantdave
American "journalism" has been a disgrace since colonial days. You should look up what the anti-Federalists said about Washington and Adams. At least now we have an abundance of alternatives to the weekly screed.
41 posted on 06/21/2011 7:53:10 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: CodeToad; Zakeet; nascarnation
nascarnation posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 4:13:25 PM: “The local Gannett generipaper here in Indy is constantly advertising for employees. They must be doing the “flush everybody over 50 and hire low wage newbies” thing.”

CodeToad wrote: ““Ad slump”? Hell, newpapers are nothing BUT ads and liberals opeds. There is no substance to them anymore.”

Both of you have pointed to key underlying problems of the news media.

USA Today has been a terrible influence on newspapers. Instead of trying to provide content and details that people can't get in a 30-second TV or radio story, the USA Today model says people won't read anything detailed, so stories should be only 6 to 8 inches long.

So why pay to buy a newspaper when you can get the news faster and for free from TV or radio?

Secondly, the entry-level wages for reporters and other newspaper staff are at a very low level because there are far more people graduating and/or applying for jobs than the number of jobs available, and jobs continue to be cut.

It probably does make good short-term financial sense to lay experienced people off and hire inexperienced people at lower wages. It may work for a while but that's no recipe for success.

42 posted on 06/22/2011 6:19:10 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: albie

The ATMs strike again!


43 posted on 06/22/2011 6:23:25 AM PDT by xp38
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To: darrellmaurina

I know a guy with a journalism degree and experience writing for a large paper. He said $10/hour is good money in that industry. He now paints houses.


44 posted on 06/22/2011 6:32:34 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: darrellmaurina

I know a guy with a journalism degree and experience writing for a large paper. He said $10/hour is good money in that industry. He now paints houses.


45 posted on 06/22/2011 6:32:44 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: sergeantdave

Now they have to pay for their propaganda.


46 posted on 06/22/2011 9:29:16 AM PDT by Maryhere ("HE comes to rule the earth")
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To: CodeToad
CodeToad posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 8:32:34 AM: “I know a guy with a journalism degree and experience writing for a large paper. He said $10/hour is good money in that industry. He now paints houses.”

If he's talking rural America, earning $20,800 per year (40 hour weeks at $10 per hour for one year) is good money for a **LOT** of jobs. Until the last minimum wage hike when a number of jobs had to have pay hikes to stay competitive with McDonald's and other unskilled jobs paying the new minimum wage, many reporters I've known in rural America made quite a bit less than $10 per hour — but then again, so did most local police officers, most paid firefighters, and (if calculated on an hourly basis) lots of small business owners.

For many, many years journalism has paid close to the bottom of the scale for jobs where college degrees are standard. That's at least partly because smaller newspapers routinely hire people with little or no formal education in the field who, once they get promoted, may end up being in management of newspapers where they believe training somebody with no degree for a couple of years is better than paying a higher wage to somebody with a degree who has to pay back student loans.

I can't dispute the benefits of hands-on training versus a college degree but it has had a definite effect on the pay scale for entry-level employees, and the effect of low entry-level pay ratchets its way up through the promotion pyramid.

Another problem is that until local news stops being a monopoly environment and people have actual competition for their skills, there really is no solution to payscales because a lot of people who like a community will stay in a low-paying job if they know the only way to get higher pay is to move.

Personally I don't care. I didn't get into journalism to make a lot of money, but I see the problems. Socialism never has worked, and the American local news media, in many ways, operate in a very anticompetitive environment.

47 posted on 06/23/2011 1:25:17 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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