Monthly Archives: November 2011

Gannett Blog: ‘First-quarter furloughs just announced; unpaid time off will be fifth big round since ’09’

An update from the Gannett Blog:

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As expected, Gannett just announced another round of unpaid first-quarter furloughs for most of its employees, the fifth such round imposed on the workforce over the past three years.

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http://gannettblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/bulletin-first-quarter-furloughs-just.html

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‘Humboldt Beacon to cease publication; T-S to cut back to six days a week, publisher announces’

Thadeus Greenson reports on MediaNews Group:

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The Humboldt Beacon newspaper — a local institution that has informed the Eel River Valley for more than a century — will cease publication next month, Times-Standard Publisher Dave Kuta announced Monday. The Beacon’s last issue will be Dec. 8.

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http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_19431025

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‘While news organizations demand full disclosure from everyone else, they often resort to euphemisms and sugarcoating when they report on their own downsizing’

Paul Farhi examines how the newspaper industry reports on itself: 

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The Bay Area News Group, publisher of the leading daily newspapers in San Francisco’s suburbs, had some important news to share with its readers in late August. In a 700-word, unbylined article that appeared on its newspapers’ Web sites, it said 11 of its dailies would soon be consolidated into two titles, the Times and the East Bay Tribune. The “rebranding,” as the story put it, “will result in greater emphasis on providing high-impact, regional and local coverage.”

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http://ajr.org/Article.asp?id=5190

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‘Booth layoffs total around 550′

Matt Gryczan reports on the Booth Newspaper Organization:

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The Booth Newspaper organization in Michigan has issued notices to about 550 of its estimated 1,200 employees that they will be laid off Jan. 2 in the company’s bid to streamline itself for the digital age of journalism.

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http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20111120/FREE/311209962/booth-layoffs-total-around-550#

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‘What’s Fit to Print? The Mainstream Media’s Misguided Obsession With “Objectivity”‘

Bhaskar Sunkara examines the role of objectivity within the mainstream media:

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The battle lines couldn’t appear more sharply drawn: Fox News versus “real journalism.” That’s the way former New York Times editor Howell Raines framed the conflict in a Washington Post column last year.

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http://www.alternet.org/media/153095/what%27s_fit_to_print_the_mainstream_media%27s_misguided_obsession_with_%22objectivity%22

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‘2 Big Companies That Missed The Opportunity To Adapt To New Technology’

David Johnson reports on the San Jose Mercury News: 

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I recently came across a pair of articles that deeply explored the failure of two companies to respond to the challenges facing their industries.

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‘Will Dailies Stay Daily?’

Caitlin Johnston reports on the U.S. newspaper industry: 

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Mark Medici, then-vice president of audience for the Dallas Morning News, triggered a brief media frenzy in October when he said at a conference that within three years the Morning News wouldn’t be publishing seven days a week.

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http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=5179

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