Archive for the ‘Mountain Home’ Category

Tip: Mountain Home printing shifts; 18 jobs cut

October 14, 2008

Effective Nov. 10, a reader tells me, The Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home, Ark., is moving its printing 116 miles northwest, to Springfield, Mo., home of the News-Leader. The 18 jobs disappear when the press shuts down in Mountain Home.

In cases like this, I always wonder about the impact on final deadlines for the newsroom, advertising, and everyone else down the line. Springfield is one of two cities (Indianapolis is the other) that are now growing regional hubs for consolidating jobs in finance, production and other key areas.

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Documents: GCI eliminating 275 finance jobs; Asheville, WUSA-TV among first 11 taking hit

September 19, 2008

The company will eliminate the accounting and other jobs as part of the previously disclosed creation of two national shared service centers in Springfield, Mo., and Indianapolis, according to internal documents I’ve just obtained.

The documents were provided by a Gannett Blog reader who requested anonymity. They describe in detail the timetable and scale of the plan to consolidate finance work at newspapers and TV stations in a bid to cut costs as Gannett wrestles with declining revenue and profits. Previously published reports gave only a broad outline of the project.

The plan calls for a combined 11 papers and TV stations to be used as pilot sites starting last month, the documents show, with completion of the entire project expected by March 2009. About 55 jobs will be created at each of the two new centers — for a net job loss of 167 positions, the documents show. Gannett now employs about 46,000 in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

“The termination dates for employees losing their positions are determined by the implementation timetable,” one of the documents shows. “As a site begins migrating their activities to the national shared service centers, employees begin losing their positions.”

The documents say the first 11 pilot sites are the papers at Asheville, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Springfield, Mo.; Mountain Home, Ark.; Jackson, Miss., and Hattiesburg, Miss. The TV stations are WGRZ in Buffalo, N.Y.; WUSA in Washington, D.C.; WTSP in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.; WBIR in Knoxville, Tenn., and KTHV in Little Rock.

In sharing the documents, my reader says: “This is top secret. You have to protect my identity! So many people are frustrated because Gannett is keeping this such a secret. People just want an idea of when this transition is going to happen at their units. These people are not stupid — they know there’s a schedule out there somewhere, so why not share it — even if it’s tentative. So, here it is. I’m not sure if Gannett is on schedule or not. Do with it as you feel is appropriate.”

All readers: Can you provide confirmation — and further details? Please post your 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.

[Image: yesterday’s Asheville Citizen-Times, Newseum]

Datelines: Spitzer trap could get you, too

March 12, 2008

Datelines is an occasional roundup of news topping Gannett websites.

Wilmington, Del.: What snagged New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer could snag you, too. Mountain Home, Ark.: In less than a week, Flippin High School students saved 100 trees. Lansing, Mich.: Semitruck driver TJ Lewis has seen the first $4-a-gallon diesel fuel in his career. Honolulu, Hawaii: More than 400 high school students rallied in support of air-conditioned classrooms.

[Image: this morning’s Lansing State Journal, Newseum]