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Worst company to work for

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, Jul 6, 2006.


What's the worst newspaper chain to work for?

  1. Boone

    3 vote(s)
  2. Brown

    2 vote(s)
  3. CNHI

    13 vote(s)
  4. Copley

    1 vote(s)
  5. Cox

    2 vote(s)
  6. Gannett

    29 vote(s)
  7. Heartland

    0 vote(s)
  8. Hearst

    4 vote(s)
  9. JRC

    29 vote(s)
  10. Knight-Ridder

    8 vote(s)
  11. McClatchy

    1 vote(s)
  12. Ogden

    10 vote(s)
  13. Patton

    2 vote(s)
  14. Tribune

    9 vote(s)
  15. Other

    37 vote(s)
  1. jambalaya

    jambalaya Member

    I've been with Tribune, K-R and recently three years with Gannett. Not sure where all the Gannett hatred comes from in general. The one obvious thing for us has been mileage (hovers around .25). But their medical and 401K have been good for me and I haven't heard many complaints from others.

    I travel on my beat and I've never had it scaled back, although the dept. one a whole has taken a hit with its travel budget.

    The attention Gannett pays to getting diversity in the paper has its good and bad sides. What's wrong with appealing to everyone? What I don't like is purposely talking to someone because they are a minority. But it hasn't been made too big a deal here. You're asked to take a wide angle approach, but on deadline we all just end up doing what the story demands.

    My stints with K-R and Tribune were about the same. Only noticeable thing was better mileage at my K-R stop.

    Maybe the paper's circ. has a big part in whether it "appears" the company is good to work for. All of my stops were 100k or more with the exception of my first job at Tribune which was a 40K suburban (which is no longer a Trib property).
  2. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's so much hatred of Gannett, just how homogenized their papers have become. Each looks like the other. JMHO... I think individual papers are trying to break out of the mold with projects and other ideas.
  3. Another write-in for Morris.
  4. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Well hell, that's been the case since the mid '80s when all the Gannett papers were "encouraged" to look like McPaper. (Encouraged Very Strongly, by the gods up the corporate mountain.)

    One of the papers I worked for -- NOT a Gannett property -- looked exactly, precisely, like USAT. I could never figure that out: Gannett papers look like that because they are ordered to, so why in the name of holy jumping Jesus would you do it if you WEREN'T Gannett-owned?
  5. WHA73

    WHA73 Guest

    JRC stock..another low today 8.61 and going down like Lindsay Lohan....It's another beautiful day in the JeliDick Neighborhood......Blow me JRC assholes
  6. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Honorable mention vote for Hollinger International.
  7. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Agreed. For the shit they pulled at the Sun-Times alone, they at least deserve mention.
  8. Gannett is the only one on the list that I've worked for, but it was the unhappiest couple of years I've had in my career. It was understaffed, much moreso than any paper I've worked for. As a result, the staff was severely overworked and the attitude was shitty. The city editor drank every day before he came to work and the ME looked the other way for years. The sports editor openly rooted for one of the local schools, especially the girls basketball team, one member of which he later married. The copy chief was married to one of his grunts, and every time they fought (which was often), the desk was in chaos. None of the shooters could stand the photo head, who worked about every third Thursday. Nobody liked it there. Turnover was constant. I'm glad to have escaped when I did. That's my memory of a Gannett paper.
  9. Bamadog

    Bamadog Well-Known Member

    From what I've heard of friends stuck on that particular prison barge, Boone by far. Media General is not too bad. We got all of the toys we wanted (new 2.8 lens, work cell phones, .37 for mileage) all except for a full AP subscription.
  10. WHA73

    WHA73 Guest

    Windows 95 at JRC
  11. tyler durden 71351

    tyler durden 71351 Active Member

    Holy shit. Didn't they stop servicing that software?
  12. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    We also had Windows 95 at the defunct Scripps paper in Alabama... of course, the company that paid 40M to buy out the JOA was the one responsible for the technology....
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