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Chicago Tribune, step forward. Again.

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by steveu, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Another round of cuts coming at the flagship, according to a blurb in the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. No word on numbers or specific people, but worth throwing out there.

    Blindfold and cigarette, please. :-[
  2. MGoBlue

    MGoBlue Member

    Join the Gannett mourning.
    There's room at the copy desks.
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I've been hearing for awhile that another round is coming at all of the Tribune papers.

    Fun times.
  4. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member


    Is there going to be anyone left to put out a paper?
  5. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Update: Trib says 11 this time around, including both correspondents based out of New York. And yes, there could be more to come.

    To quote another poster on this board, fuckabunchaZelllovers.
  6. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Which major paper is going to go Internet only and start the parade? It's only going to take one to get it started.
  7. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    If an owner is going to turn off the cash flow of a print edition, he's either going to have to bulk up the ad revenues from online and already have in place a cheaper, streamlined staff that won't require near the care and feeding at current prices of most major newsrooms.

    I think you'd have to do both moves -- Internet only, 50% staff reduction at least -- in close proximity to make this work.
  8. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    It's an interesting race.

    Obviously, you cut the print edition, you cut trucks, presses (and pressmen), gas, paper, distributors, composers, prepress people, etc.

    But you also lose a lot of advertising, at least to start.

    Why it's interesting to me (not funny or amusing interesting, just sign-of-the-times interesting).

    I was reading a story about the Big 3 and how, if they do get bailed out, we shouldn't expect a big rebound in automobile advertising.

    But one auto industry exec said while pulling back elsewhere, the focus would be on Internet advertising, which he used the words "most efficient" to describe.

    It's one guy saying it one time; but I'm wondering if that kind of thinking could signal the possibility of a big upturn in 'Net advertising.

    Don't know, just wondering.
  9. STLIrish

    STLIrish Active Member

    Indeed. Online is where we're all heading. Just a question of how we survive the trip from 90 percent of our revenue coming from print, to all of it coming online.
    And, then, how a fundamentally local news outlet attracts enough online advertising (a basically national and/or topical product) to afford to put out a quality news product.
  10. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Corporate not pushing for 25% profit margins is one way to afford it, I would think.
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    . . . but they justify it, based on their rationalization that they're caretakers of a wasting asset.

    Counterarguments welcomed.
  12. NBAonNBC

    NBAonNBC Member

    From The Daily Herald's blog about Northwestern-Florida State basketball game this week...

    "Tribune sportswriter and true friend Neil Milbert, typifying the professionalism he displayed throughout his 40 years at the Trib, showed up to cover the final event of his illustrious career despite being laid off earlier in the day."
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