Wednesday | Aug. 27 | Got news, or a question?

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23 Responses to “Wednesday | Aug. 27 | Got news, or a question?”

  1. Jim Hopkins Says:

    All: To keep things fresh, I’ve just started this new open-comments string. You can always return to earlier editions by clicking on the Real Time Comments label in the blue sidebar, to the right.

  2. Jim Hopkins Says:

    Note, also: I’ll be publishing a separate post, shortly, just for life comments on today’s 11 a.m. USA Today staff meeting. Stay tuned!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    indy pub gave 2 talks at the print plant yesterday. anyone here know what he said? he’s giving 2 more downtown today.

    hmm. verification word is mffzs. i know what the first two letters stand for!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Where’s the live comments from the USAT meeting?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Jim, what’s going on? They’re presumably 45 minutes into the USAT meeting and not a word about it here.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Did someone kidnip Jim? Can’t believe after all this buildup to today’s USA Today meeting that there is nothing about it here. Maybe the meeting was a total dud or maybe there is a mushroom cloud over McLean, Va. Anyone have any news about what they are doing or saying at USA Today this morning?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Jim WROTE:
    Since my metier is encouraging poisonous comments (inside joke, involving USAT’s top editor), I’m convening the first-ever session of Gannett Blog University today. The class: live commenting on news events. Starting at 11 a.m., I’d like USA Today staff attending the meeting to report any news, in the comments section, below. (Note: I’ll have online access only by iPhone until about 3 p.m. ET, so will have only limited ability to update this post.)
    Maybe something isn’t going as planned with the posting. Iphones are great, but fallible.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Could it be that they didn’t allow cell phones in the meeting? Why no news? Did they figure out a way to keep Jim out of the loop?

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Hey! Work for (or recently not working for) a NJ paper? Trying to get a more local blog going at http://depressd.blogspot.com/ Take no offense Jim! We are totally copying your idea here, but this co. is so large (for now) that it’s sometimes hard to find site-specific info. There’s not much on this NJ blog but let’s change that. Start blogging NJ!

  10. Jim Hopkins Says:

    For those of you who’ve asked about today’s companywide USA Today staff meeting: Apparently, there was no big news announced by Publisher Craig Moon. I just left the following comment on the USAT post, which is here: http://tinyurl.com/68nxw9

    Here’s my new comment on that post: “I hear Moon may have hinted at a single-copy price increase, and that he didn’t rule out layoffs in the future. Can anyone comment?”

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Jim, have you read this article from this week’s Louisville Eccentric Observer?

    http://leoweekly.com/?q=node/7644

    No breaking news. Redding does a good job of summarizing recent cutbacks and gaffes. Redding also said in an article on The Ville Voice blog that “It all adds up to something scary — a no-win business model, with a management philosophy of constantly searching for ways to cut costs. But it’s our only daily newspaper and it’s not going anywhere – it just won’t ever again be the paper it used to be.”

    http://thevillevoice.com/2008/08/27/in-leo-the-c-js-summer-of-discontent/

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Redding’s quote is the most telling part of either of his articles.

    I would question though his point that the paper “isn’t going anywhere.” Five, 10 years from now I’d argue that it won’t be where it is today. The question is, will that be because it migrates online or goes away because of corporate mismanagement?

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Is this just my imagination?

    Seems to me like non-US papers are beefing up world (yes, including the US) coverage just at the very time companies here are scaling back.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    I’m guessing not much was said at today’s meeting. You’re changing the way Gannett/USAT do business, Jim. You’re a major threat to them.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Is it true Gannett hired a private detective firm to find out who is passing on insider information to this blog and others?

  16. Anonymous Says:

    If so, that would explain the silence over at Jim’s thread about the USAT staff meeting today. As of 5:42 p.m. ET, nobody has said A WORD of what was said at the meeting . . . a meeting in which, another source of Jim’s has already said, nothing big happened.
    Mphmhpmmmph!
    (Translation: Sorry, can’t talk with this gag in my mouth!)

  17. rmichem Says:

    Gannett, used to own, a private detective firm> Actually a security firm, with the largest private group, second largest in the country, of investigator in the country.The largest is the FBI. Do you want to see the file they have on me> Naw, it is so funny and downright wrong info. If I was Gannett, pretend power people, I would be more worry not about inside leaks, but from what others detectives, from some very powerful people and groups, are getting about Gannett people. I wonder, who they are leaking their info to?

  18. Anonymous Says:

    ooooo, so very exciting…but only to us, i’m afraid. i only wish something as intriguing as an investigation were upon us bloggers…that would be in direct violation of our civil rights, eh?

  19. Anonymous Says:

    There appears to be nothing civil about Gannett these days.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Not a Gannett paper, but:

    Mariotti Quits, Says Newspapers Are ‘Dying’

    http://tinyurl.com/5vwjnx

  21. Anonymous Says:

    who is this mitchem idiot?

  22. Anonymous Says:

    I really want to know if Gannett is telling people not to post here.

  23. Anonymous Says:

    The reason no one is posting what was said at the USAT meeting is because nothing very newsworthy happened there.

    For all the ominous buildup on this blog, it was said for weeks that this was just a routine staff meeting and that is what it ended up being.

    This blog is valuable in many ways, but good newspeople know when it is worthwhile to post something and when it is simply a case of venting.

    When news happens, people will post here. No one is being scared away. But perpetuating this edgy doom machine is not what professionals do.

    In the absence of real news.

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