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Digital First pursuing Gannett

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SoloFlyer, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    Also agree with this, SoloFlyer.

    The only thing I'd say is, the Facebook reply/excuse shouldn't be, "The stark reality is, we need subscribers to help us cover breaking news."

    It is 1,000 percent bullshit that a spike in subscribers - especially at that might-as-well-give-it-away digital special of 3 months for $1 that Gannett is trotting out everywhere - is going to do anything to spur hiring and bulking up newsroom staffing.

    It is an insult to the intelligence of your customers to claim that.
  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I remember the “Mojo” thing too. At the big meeting to announce it, the editors were joking that a couple of 30- and 40-year veterans were going to leave the desk and become mojos. They left the desk, alright. They retired.

    And it was somewhat amusing to point out how were we supposed to be a 24/7 news operation when nobody was going to want to work at 3 a.m. Sure enough, the first few 5 a.m.-1 p.m. people kept quitting left and right.
  3. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    That's my complaint, living in a town with a Gannett paper and the remaining staff at the paper asking the area journalist/writer/PR community to "support local journalism" and that the $3 or $5 per month is no big deal. I know that's no big deal, that my wife's daily Starbucks tab. But it's the principle of it, especially since now I know about three times as many people that used to work at the paper than currently do.
  4. Roscablo

    Roscablo Well-Known Member

    It's just such bull. Like I said earlier, even if the whole community signs up they aren't going to change their business practices. They'll still have another round of layoffs in a few months. They'll still skim as much as they can. It's false advertising in a way because the posters know it won't change anything and Gannett knows it won't change anything but they're still directed to keep feeding that to the public to try and make a few bucks.

    It also strikes me as a negative because in some way it blames the public when they respond to criticism of why they weren't at something or when they dropped the ball on something else. Like, hey, if you had a subscription we'd be there! Sure the public's news consumption ways are part of this problem, but newspapers set it up that way by giving it up for free for eons and overall not overall adapting to the changing times. But yeah, get that subscription and it will fix all!
  5. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    If the attitude at my former Gannett shop is any indicator, here's what would happen if there was a rash of new subscribers: the "suits" there and at corporate would make the leap that cutting staff leads to increased subscribers and revenue, so there would be more cuts.

    I wish I was kidding.
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  6. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    I think that if a paper is going to compete in the on-line world then it needs to be operating 24/7. Subscribers are not going to want to wait until the shop opens to check the headlines on their cell phones. So I think that the paper will have to cover a large enough market area to be able to sustain a 24 hour newsroom. Which means one hell of a lot less papers.

    And if a paper is not going to compete in the electronic world it is going to fade away.
  7. Readallover

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  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Gannett actually lost money in the fourth quarter. OUCH. Explains the January layoffs - but damn - if they can't even cut expenses ahead of revenues to ensure a five percent profit - DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, they are done.
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  9. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

  10. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Active Member

  11. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    It's disingenuous. None of them are going to sink one more penny into another reporter, photographer or editor.

    It's like spinning tax cuts ... when people are fed the BS line of "they'll reinvest in people, provide raises, increase the number of jobs and upgrade equipment."

    No, they won't. And neither will Gannett. The extra money goes right in the executives' pockets ... soon, a proxy vote to figure out six- and seven-figure bonuses for executives while the next wave of rank-and-file are laid off.
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  12. studthug12

    studthug12 Active Member

    There isn't anyone at my Gannett site looking at pages before they are sent. Used to be collaboration with design studio and staff but not anymore. Basically when pages are ready ship 'em out.
    Slacker and BurnsWhenIPee like this.
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