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Because nobody reads the paper on Presidents' Day ...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by I Should Coco, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    ... the Toledo Blade won't have a print edition on several holidays. "In an effort to encourage more traffic to our online products – toledoblade.com and the eBlade – we are making an adjustment in our print-publication schedule," the Blade management wrote in a memo to employees.

    The no-print holidays (unless, of course, they fall on an advertising-rich Sunday) are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. Apparently the Thanksgiving Day edition is too insert-laden to send online.

    The full memo from Blade executives, on Romenesko: » Toledo Blade kills print edition for almost all holidays; Newspaper Guild protests the move JIMROMENESKO.COM

    Commentary from SJ.com?
  2. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Those of us at three-a-week "dailies" say they got it good.
    slappy4428 likes this.
  3. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    If Ohio State is playing a semifinal game on 12-31, no paper the next day isn't going to be a popular choice.
  4. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Or they'll see little reaction, which would be many times worse.
  5. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Christmas Day paper circa pre-1990 or so was always one of my favorites; it was like a print edition Internet, full of all the wire filler stories the desk had been saving for months.
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  6. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    I'm confused. Goal is to push traffic to the digital products, including the eBlade, but as far as I can tell, that's just the e-edition. So is the paper still being designed for those days to create .PDFs for the eBlade?
  7. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Yup. In short, no printed paper but there will be an e-replica. Wonder if they'll get pushback from subscribers.

    Block also owns Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I don't think they would try it there because the Tribune-Review would eat them alive, but that's just me.
  8. MNgremlin

    MNgremlin Active Member

    This surprises you? Ever heard of Black Friday?
  9. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    This is a cost-cutting measure that screws employees like reporters, editors, pressmen, etc.

    Think of all the people that will not be paid holiday pay for working these holidays now. Yes, they'll still get a holiday but not the extra pay they would have received for almost EVERY holiday of the year. Do it once, the savings is minimal. Do it every holiday, that's significant and probably worthy of a couple of fat bonus checks for the bean counting publisher and his managers.
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Unless they're putting out an a.m. paper two days before, the employees are still going to be working on the holidays to put out the paper the day after. It can save them money if nobody is working the day before the holiday.
  11. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Sarcasm is tough to detect on message boards.
  12. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    Most of those editions are pretty thin as it is.
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