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Is Philly next in line for trouble?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by chained2thedesk, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. ???Anybody see this on the wire tonight?

    Can't be good news for the Daily News and Inky folks:

    Union: Philly papers might share newsroom jobs


    AP Business Writer

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and

    Daily News is exploring the possibility of sharing editorial

    functions of the two papers’ newsrooms, a union official said


    Henry Holcomb, president of The Newspaper Guild of Greater

    Philadelphia, said management is looking for ways to save money and

    improve efficiency. He said owner Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC

    hoped to avoid more layoffs.

    Holcomb said the company didn’t provide many details. But in the

    past there has been talk of sharing some copy and photo editing

    functions, he said.

    A spokesman for the company didn’t immediately respond to

    requests for comment.

    The union supports the company’s goals of conserving cash and

    raising productivity, as long as it doesn’t “damage the

    independence or personalities of the papers,” Holcomb said.

    “If there is a way to do it, we will be all for it,” Holcomb


    The Inquirer is a traditional broadsheet paper while the Daily

    News is a tabloid that doesn’t shy away from more sensational

    headlines and stories. The two papers’ newsrooms are on different

    floors of the same building.

    The union represents about 900 editorial, advertising and other

    staff at the two dailies.

    AP-ES-06-26-08 1828EDT
  2. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    despite this news, I'm still counting today as a rare 24 hours without another layoff announcement.
  3. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Still two hours and 38 minutes to go.
  4. SavebyKeans

    SavebyKeans New Member

    As bad is this might sound, it would actually make sense for these guys. They already share a building and a web site, so what's the difference if they share some editors? Calling them "competitors" is a joke because their circ numbers aren't even close.
  5. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    "Improve efficiency" = Maintain ridiculously high profit margin, thus ensuring bonus check for those in management.
  6. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Because they are radically different products. It's like expecting a gorilla to mate with a poodle.

    I can't think of one instance when papers sharing resources haven't lost their identity to some degree. You can't expect people under deadline to produce radically different products simultaneously. When time runs short, they do what's expedient, and that leads to sameness. It's not going to save one of the papers, it's going to make one somewhat worse and the other a lot worse.
  7. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    Damn you BYH! You jinxed it. Just read the Portland thread.
  8. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Philly's been in trouble ever since the current, incompetent ownership marched in and blithely expected to leverage out by stacking bodies like cordwood and riding the "survivors" into the ground.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    There's a big one coming and it hasn't hit the board yet.
  10. VJ

    VJ Member

    Is it coming today?
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    That would be my guess. They may wait until after the APSEs, but I've heard it's coming down today. It's a biggie. :(
  12. MMatt60

    MMatt60 Member

    Someone would factor in the APSE convention when timing a layoff announcement?????
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