Archive for September, 2008

Tuesday | Sept. 30 | Got news, or a question?

September 30, 2008

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It’s Sept. 30: Do you know where GCI’s profits are?

September 30, 2008

Gannett shares tumbled 7% yesterday, closing at $17, as stock markets reeled in a record one-day plunge after the U.S. House of Representatives stunned congressional leaders by rejecting the Bush Administration’s $700 billion bank bailout plan. Already today, foreign stock markets are recoiling: European shares tumbled again, MarketWatch says, with banks and oil producers falling, as investors took their first chance to react to the U.S. plan’s rejection.

The selling frenzy here in Europe this morning comes on the final day of the third quarter — likely bringing more revenue and earnings declines vs. a year ago when Gannett reports third-quarter results in the weeks ahead.

Have you taken any specific steps in the past three months to prepare yourself for the possibility of being laid off? Tell others what you’ve done in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

Earlier: Advice from workers who’ve already been laid off

[Image: Google Finance]

Program note: Blogging will be kinda light today

September 30, 2008

I’m packing, and cleaning up our summer rental, as I prepare to leave Ibiza a week from today. I’ll stay on top of e-mail during the day, and expect to be back online as usual tomorrow.

[Photo: I cast a shadow in our condo pool in July, as I planned my future]

Monday | Sept. 29 | Got news, or a question?

September 29, 2008

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In steep market plunge, GCI stock trades lower

September 29, 2008

Gannett’s shares have traded as low as $16.83 today, down more than 6%, as the U.S. House of Representatives rejects the historic $700 billion bank bailout package — delivering a stinging defeat to the Bush Administration and to congressional leaders. The widely watched S&P 500 Index is down more than 6%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has tanked more than 500 points, or nearly 5%.

In new Indy job, ‘silos’ and ‘accountability channels’

September 29, 2008

As Gannett replaces traditional newspaper jobs with new digital positions, job descriptions change dramatically. This is an advertisement for a new senior editor at The Indianapolis Star, posted Sept. 19 on JournalismJobs.com.

Position: Executive Editor/Digital and Custom Content
The Executive Editor/Digital and Custom Content will lead the Indianapolis Star‘s initiatives to become a next-generation leader in digital and niche print and on-line content. This individual will work with the Information Center Editor and, attuned to advertising, marketing, information technology and research and development goals and support, break down silos, develop new content and content management systems, and engage in strategic planning.

This position will have a strong awareness of the audiences we serve, their lives and their roles in the geographic, cultural and economic make-up of Central Indiana. It will lead the Information Center’s efforts to address the information needs of niche audiences and provide multi-media tools and other products to serve those audiences. Our goal is to reach more audiences with custom content delivered on more platforms, and this position will play a key role in that. This position also will be a leader within our Interstate Group of Gannett newspapers (metros Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati and smaller to medium-sized papers in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin) for multi-platform custom content.

The position’s channels of accountability are:

  • Optimal presentation across all digital platforms of news information and special projects including First Amendment projects, multi-media, databases, calendar information, community conversation and reader/user interaction.
  • The development of new niche websites to bring together communities of users as we build our role as metro Indianapolis’ prime source of community news and information.
  • The integration of advertising and marketing initiatives into our digital and print operations, including new technology systems and advertising approaches that boost revenue while ensuring the independence of the information-gathering process from conflicting advertising and marketing influence.
  • Strong custom publishing print and on-line products that meet the needs of information consumers and advertisers.
  • Strong, audience and niche-focused, themed products for the core newspaper.
  • Attention to budget, human resources, diversity/mainstreaming, ethics and other key goals of our company.

In recognizing the new realities of the digital era, this position will focus solely on the above accountabilities. While it will have necessary involvement with budget, operations, story editing and planning, and other aspects of the information center, it will not have day-to-day accountabilities for those functions. The position reports to the editor and vice president, Dennis Ryerson.

Who controls the new jobs?
How does a new job like this get created? Did a digital or print person have the most control over the final version?

Please post your thoughts in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

[Hat tip, Ruth Holladay; image: today’s front page, Newseum]

Adult toys: What does your big boss drive?

September 29, 2008

When a publisher recently got a new company-paid ‘green’ car, a reader wondered whether other top executives were switching to more energy-efficient models — or sticking with their favorite gas guzzler.

Following the example below, please provide this information about your publisher or station manager’s company-furnished car:

  • Make: Cadillac
  • Model: STS
  • Age (approx. years): 1
  • Does the boss gas up for free at the company pump?

Post replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

[Photo: Cadillac 2008 STS, about $44,550]

Monday Recap: Shocking secrets to surging traffic!

September 28, 2008

Posts you might have missed last week while we engaged in a scandalous debate about how I can earn money:

Sunday | Sept. 28 | Got news, or a question?

September 28, 2008

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Reader: Corporate’s ‘green’ put us in the red

September 28, 2008

[Classic ‘green’ car: 2009 Prius, about $23,000]

Anonymous@11:08 writes today in Real Time Comments about replacing the publisher’s car — when it’s only two years old. “Now, we need to buy him a ‘green’ car. Buying a ‘green’ car was a directive from Corporate. When we told them that they did not offer ‘green’ cars in what we needed — circulation trucks — we were told to find a way to buy one ‘because we have . . . (to) spend the money.’ So, now we are replacing a nice two-year-old car with a ‘green’ car. The answer will be: ‘Well, that comes from a different account.’ Can someone — without venting, or trashing Gannett — really explain this logic?”

Join the debate, in the original post.

[Image: Toyota]