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In Reorg, Shaw Eliminates Dozen Jobs At Illinois Papers (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Editor & Publisher ^ | August 24, 2006 | Mark Fitzgerald

Posted on 08/24/2006 3:21:19 PM PDT by abb

CHICAGO Shaw Newspapers eliminated a total of 12 jobs at its biggest far-suburban Chicago daily and other papers in what the chain said Thursday was a reorganization to group management.

“This wasn’t your typical bloodletting because sales are down,” John Rung, group publisher for Shaw’s NorthWest News Group, said in an interview. “We’re in a tough environment like anyone else, but our dailies are operating consistently above where they were last year.

“It’s not a situation like Akron, but it’s still not fun,” he added, referring to the big newsroom layoffs announced by the new owner of the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. “A lot of these people worked here for a while, and they are valuable people.”

Rung said the job eliminations were the results of a long-planned move to a group-style management for Dixon, Ill.-based Shaw papers.

Previously, he said, “All the papers had their own management structures, and we were very highly silo-ed,” he said. “We made a decision a year ago to go to a group structure.”

Three jobs were eliminated at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Ill.: the marketing director, a circulation operations manager, and a reporter.

Seven positions were eliminated at two of its weekly groups, including two reporters, a photo editor, and graphics people. Two ad director positions were combined into a single position at the weeklies, the result of the recent purchase of a shopper that had its own ad director, Rung said.

At the same time, the Shaw group has hired six new media journalists, including a videographer for its online operations. Rung said he had also just authorized the hiring of two reporters for the Northwest Herald.

“A lot of our investments are in new media, and unfortunately, some of the old media has to go,” he said.

Employees whose jobs have been eliminated have been given lists of open positions. “We’re hopeful some of these people will continue to stay with us,” Rung said.

Mark Fitzgerald (mfitzgerald@editorandpublisher.com) is E&P's editor-at-large.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dbm; msmwoes; newspapers
Thursday Evening Good News...
1 posted on 08/24/2006 3:21:20 PM PDT by abb
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To: abb
Raoul's First Law of Journalism
BIAS = LAYOFFS

2 posted on 08/24/2006 3:21:50 PM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; knews_hound; Grampa Dave; martin_fierro; Liz; norwaypinesavage; Mo1; onyx; ...

Ping


3 posted on 08/24/2006 3:22:18 PM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

Sales are down huh? The day will come when newspapers will be obsolete; replaced by a gazillion cable news networks and the internet.

No tears will be shed for the New York Times and other slimey, communist, yellow sheet rags.


4 posted on 08/24/2006 3:25:53 PM PDT by no dems ("25 homicides a day committed by Illegals" Ted Poe (R-TX) Houston Hearings 8/16/06)
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To: Chi-townChief

slipping? We depend on you to cover this


5 posted on 08/24/2006 3:33:14 PM PDT by spintreebob
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To: cfrels; BillyBoy; chicagolady; PhilCollins
Rung said he had also just authorized the hiring of two reporters for the Northwest Herald.

One reason we have biased coverage is that we don't apply for jobs like this. The left does apply.

Know anyone who wants to be Lois Lane? or at least Teri Hatcher?

6 posted on 08/24/2006 3:39:25 PM PDT by spintreebob
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To: abb
Who killed the Newspapers?

The elite mediot maggot infected owners of ABCNNBCBS and publishers of the major dinosaur fishwraps are the modern day, Norman Bates. They are trying to keep the corpses alive by refusing to admit that they are dead and to bury them.

Buy my Dinosaur Fishwrap stock, NYT. The old gray lady is just fine!


7 posted on 08/24/2006 4:10:35 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic lies/wet dreams posing as news.)
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8 posted on 08/24/2006 4:40:16 PM PDT by devolve (fx 9125_AMERICANS_KILLED_2003_BY_ILLEGALS MEX_ILLEGAL_GOT_911_TERRORISTS_ID NO_NUEVO_TEJAS)
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To: spintreebob

Nah - wrong side of town. Now the Star or Southtown would be a different story.


9 posted on 08/24/2006 4:57:27 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: devolve

Very nice post devolve!


10 posted on 08/24/2006 5:41:50 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: devolve

Poor Murtha with $inator Hilldebea$t telling him how to drive and what to say!


11 posted on 08/25/2006 7:59:30 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic lies/wet dreams posing as news.)
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