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99 laid off at Daytona Beach

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by deskslave, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    DAYTONA BEACH -- Statement to Daytona Beach News-Journal employees
    from Georgia M. Kaney

    As you know, the company is being prepared for sale. These
    preparations are occurring during a major downturn for the US
    newspaper business, a downturn we are feeling in our market.

    As part of the sales process, Cox Enterprises and News-Journal
    Corporation hired a sales broker and a consultant to help us prepare
    the company for sale. It is their recommendation that some major
    changes need to be made now to make the company more attractive to a
    potential buyer, as well as strengthen the financial condition of the
    company in this economic downturn.

    Today we will announce those changes to you. And starting today and
    continuing through this week we will make the changes that we announce
    this morning.

    ORGANIZATION

    We will make changes in the way The News-Journal is organized to
    simplify the operation and reduce costs. These changes will also bring
    our organization structure into alignment with the way most US
    newspapers are set up.

    Here are the major elements of the change:

    1. The creation of a production director position, with production
    department managers reporting to this new position. We have appointed
    Robert Page to be production director, and Rex Smith will succeed him
    as packaging and distribution manager.

    2. We will move responsibility for the Business Report content to the
    editorial department, and also move the Business Report content
    employees from the advertising department to the newsroom.

    3. We will eliminate the Community Relations department. Events
    management will be consolidated in the advertising department.
    Contributions management will be moved back to the front office, to be
    handled by Connie Fagan. NIE will continue to report to the marketing
    and promotion department, and we will convert NIE exclusively to the
    use of the electronic edition.

    4. We will consolidate Marketing Development and Strategic Marketing
    into a new Marketing and Promotion department, headed by Lori Kopp.

    5. To jump-start our on-line sales and to strategically package
    classified sales with on-line, we will consolidate on-line and
    classified advertising under current on-line manager Chris Maikisch.

    6. We will make Creative Services a part of the Advertising
    Department.

    7. We will outsource several activities that we now perform in-house,
    reducing headcount and overhead.

    8. In conjunction with some publication changes you’ll hear about this
    morning our bureaus in Flagler County, New Smyrna Beach and DeLand
    will be closed.

    PUBLICATION CHANGES

    1. We will discontinue publication of the West Volusia Neighbors
    sections and the New Smyrna Beach Daily Journal.

    2. We will incorporate some localized content and zoned advertising
    into the local sections of the West Volusia, Southeast Volusia and
    Flagler editions of The News-Journal.

    3. Publishing stock market results five days a week has been
    discontinued, instead we will enhance the capabilities of our website
    with additional stock market information and services.

    HEADCOUNT REDUCTIONS

    To reduce costs we will announce over several days this week a
    reduction in force.

    The total number of employees involved is 99.

    The reduction in force will affect the editorial, advertising,
    circulation, creative services, operations, purchasing, distribution
    and community relations departments.

    These will be involuntary terminations, and are only being done for
    economic reasons. The people being let go will be notified this week
    in meetings with their department head and an HR representative.

    Each person to be let go will be offered a severance package. The
    package will be:

    · One week’s pay per year of service, with a maximum of 26 weeks’ pay,
    and a minimum of 4 weeks’ pay.

    · Continued health insurance coverage under the company plan through
    the end of this year.

    Another change put into effect, at the end of this week all rates of
    pay will be frozen. There will be no further pay raises given for the
    next 12 months, unless a new owner chooses to do otherwise.

    These changes are unwelcome, but required. Unfortunately, this same
    scenario is playing out at many newspapers these days. The best thing
    we can do is stay focused on our jobs, and serving The News-Journal’s
    readers and advertisers. Despite the unavoidable disruptions and
    distractions this week, we still have jobs to do, and it is in
    everybody’s best interest that we do them professionally and well.

    Thank you for your cooperation and hard work.

    Georgia M. Kaney Publisher
     
  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Damn. Damn. Damn.
     
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    That's a bitch of a note.
     
  4. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    "The best thing
    we can do is stay focused on our jobs, and serving The News-Journal’s
    readers and advertisers. Despite the unavoidable disruptions and
    distractions this week, we still have jobs to do, and it is in
    everybody’s best interest that we do them professionally and well."

    In other words, don't bitch about this or you're gone, too.
     
  5. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    PS: I will not be losing my job, nor will I take a cut in pay.

    Fuck you, you word I can never use around a woman I even remotely like.
     
  6. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    But the SE is going to head out to APSE *** oops, crossthreading.

    That was an example to further a point. I don't know what the Daytona Beach SE is doing but it validates my point on the other thread. People are losing jobs with alarming regularity. It is no time to be going off to conventions and the like.
     
  7. Mediator

    Mediator Member

    Here's the bullshit alert...

    "Publishing stock market results five days a week has been
    discontinued, instead we will enhance the capabilities of our website
    with additional stock market information and services."

    Saying you're moving the stock market stuff from the paper to the web doesn't "enhance" anything. That word should be banned from any memo which predicates 99 firings.
     
  8. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Dear Employees,

    Here's your Sword of Damocles. Good luck sleeping.
     
  9. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Damn. I feel for anyone losing jobs in those bureaus. At some papers it seems like working in the outlying areas is even more perilous than working at the home office.
     
  10. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    "Thank you for your cooperation"
     
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Unless he's job hunting.
     
  12. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Who's hiring?
     
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