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Gannett, Gatehouse talking merger

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SoloFlyer, May 30, 2019.

  1. Readallover

    Readallover Member

  2. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    That's adorable.
  3. Tweener

    Tweener Active Member

    Yeah, more like $40-45K.
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  4. Waldo9939

    Waldo9939 Active Member

  5. cubman

    cubman Member

    So is this not going to happen after all then? Seems like the companies are still optimistic but guess we have a ways to go.
  6. cubman

    cubman Member

    :D At one time, the Dispatch did have two Jackets writers in Aaron Portzline and Tom Reed, but both of them went to the Athletic not far apart a few years ago. Now, the only true Jackets writer is Brian Hedger, who previously wrote for the Jackets website.
    They do pull backup guys in from other beats, including the Crew and OSU men's basketball.
  7. rtse11

    rtse11 Active Member


    Some analysts said they didn’t expect a major effect on journalism jobs as a result of the deal. “There is excess capacity in multiple areas -- printing and distribution and certainly in corporate overhead,” said Lance Vitanza, who analyzes top media companies. “I think it’s achievable without too great an effect on the [newsroom] head count.”

    Journalism experts are much more concerned, largely because a digital salvation has been dangled by corporate newspaper owners for years, with thousands of job cuts to show for it but not the touted audience or revenue growth.

    “To expect digital revenue to contribute to your overall business is totally unrealistic when we’re talking about local papers,” said Iris Chyi, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin who studies the industry. “After more than 20 years still there is this unrealistic expectation.”

    (I appreciate Lance's wonderfully naive outlook, but in my opinion he has no idea.)
  8. Paul_Bowker

    Paul_Bowker New Member

    The bad news is cranking up, unfortunately.

    GateHouse laid off two today at Cape Cod Times, one of them in sports. CCT now has two full-time staffers, and no sports editor. Today's sports layoff was the lead high school writer.

    Very sad.
  9. Paul_Bowker

    Paul_Bowker New Member

  10. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Active Member

  11. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    Never like to see someone lose a job, but also, surprised that Fall River still had a staff photog. The paper I worked with, photog took a buyout in Q4 2018, and the position was never filled. Like, it would make sense if Gatehouse just had a policy, "Hey, all papers have to use freelance photographers," but they don't seem to have a policy or a plan ever beyond "let's cut our way to profits."
  12. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    A spot has come open at my hometown paper. When I graduated from college, I might have considered that a dream job. But now? It's Gatehouse and I'm not going anywhere near the place.
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