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Even USA Today is not immune

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    45 cuts in the newsroom

    http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id=12962
     
  2. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    At least it's being done in the form of buyouts and not layoffs.
     
  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    For now.
     
  4. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    That stinks.

    The parameters are interesting. Let's say you have 15 years of experience and 8 years of online experience. Does that mean you don't qualify? What's the message here?
     
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    "Get lost," I think. ::)
     
  6. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Once the names start to emerge, some of us may have thoughts on whether this could represent a bit of addition-by-subtraction. Or, as I fear, they'll cut meat and bone and leave the fat intact.
     
  7. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    I guess I meant is Gannett saying, "If you've been around awhile and didn't take steps to board the online bus until 5 years ago.... see ya."
     
  8. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    This is pretty damn troubling, given that paper's circulation figures and its relatively successful Web site. Either journalists again are paying a stiff price for some bad business decisions that go well beyond staffing, or (I suspect) this whole buyout/layoff craze is just too enticing for even the financially sound papers to pass up.

    So much of what gets done in this business is copycat stuff. Lately, it's "hyperlocal" and "buyouts/layoffs". The money boys decide they want a second helping of dessert, so they whack a few dozen jobs.
     
  9. daemon

    daemon Member

    It doesn't matter how high the circulation of your newspaper is or how neat your web site looks if nobody wants to buy advertising in either one.

    We're constantly talking about creative ways to improve the product, when what we need is creative ways to improve the advertising.
     
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Either that or convince the suits that maybe making only 20 percent profit is still better than losing 39 billion at General Motors.
     
  11. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Only makes sense with some Gannett papers shrinking the paper even further.

    Coming soon: USA Today...the postage stamp-sized edition.
     
  12. Bruhman

    Bruhman Active Member

    They won't have any shortage of eligible buyout candidates. A friend said there are 43 in the sports department alone.
     
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