Archive for the ‘Poughkeepsie’ Category

Poughkeepsie: Paper delivered, and note received

November 16, 2008

Earlier: Poughkeepsie to print in Westchester; 45 jobs lost. Plus: More episodes on my YouTube channel

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Poughkeepsie to print in Westchester; 45 jobs lost

November 6, 2008

The Poughkeepsie Journal in New York will be printed and distributed by The Journal News in Westchester — 64 miles south — starting in early January, Publisher Barry Rothfeld told employees today in a memo forwarded to me. The 45 jobs eliminated are separate from the 10% staff reduction announced last week.

Poughkeepsie’s deadlines will be moved up after the switch; given the 128-mile round trip between the cities, it’ll be interesting to see the impact on final sports scores and other late news. “Logistical details about printing in Westchester are being worked out,” Rothfeld’s memo says, “although you should know that Westchester has good experience printing other daily newspapers, produces quality products, and I expect good cooperation between the two units.”

What’s next: Papers merging? No cuts at USAT

September 10, 2008

Updated at 4:21 a.m. ET, Sept. 11. Developments after yesterday’s big reorganization of the newspaper division, where about 100 marketing, finance, circulation and other influential executives were laid off; updated as needed:

More newspaper mergers?
The elimination of so many operating committee jobs at certain newspapers suggests that some papers may be effectively merged with others in their regions. For example, The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., gave up five senior positions — the chiefs of production, human resources, information technology, finance, and sales and marketing. (The head of the advertising department retired, too, but that position will be filled.)

“Almost the entire operating committee wiped out in Westchester,” a Gannett Blog reader here said yesterday. “Does that mean a merger with Poughkeepsie is a done deal? Will two executive editors be needed?”

USA Today escapes layoffs again
Gannett’s flagship newspaper apparently didn’t give up a single job yesterday, as near as I can tell — the second time it has escaped recent Corporate-mandated cuts. Last month, USAT didn’t lose any clerks, reporters or other employees when GCI eliminated 1,000 jobs at its community newspapers through layoffs and attrition.

To be sure, USA Today lost about 50 positions when circulation duties were consolidated in May. And the paper gave up 43 newsroom employees (I was one of them) late last year. At least three other big GCI papers — in Cincinnati, Detroit and Phoenix — also avoided further cuts last month, by persuading a sufficient number of employees to take buyouts.

Still, it’s noteworthy that USA Today, one of Gannett’s two biggest worksites (the other is The Arizona Republic) continues to withstand cuts roiling the rest of the company.

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[Image: yesterday’s Journal News, Newseum]

Rochester’s Kane named new Indy Star publisher

July 16, 2008

Updated at 5:43 p.m. ET. Gannett just announced that Michael Kane (left), vice president of the company’s East Publishing Group and publisher of the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., has been named Interstate Group president, and publisher of The Indianapolis Star. Kane, 49, replaces Barbara Henry, retiring Aug. 1, after the Friday Afternoon Massacre. Kane joined Gannett in 1992, when he was hired as marketing manager at The News Journal in Wilmington, Del. In comments, below, he’s getting good reviews: “Michael is a class act,” one reader says.

Related: the Star‘s story, plus the Democrat and Chronicle‘s

Earlier: Ooh, la, la! Rochester ‘threesome’ a surprise hit. Plus: the Democrat and Chronicle‘s school textbook probe

Fun facts about Babs!
The sex-survey lovin’ Henry has ginormous feet, according to newspaper division President Bob Dickey, who told the Star today: “Michael has huge shoes to fill.”

Rochester: What can you tell Indy about Kane? And who’s going to replace him at the Democrat and Chronicle? 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.

[Photo: Democrat and Chronicle]

Hot Off the Press: Earth Day editions

April 22, 2008

A selection of Front Pages, as they appeared this morning, Earth Day. In New York, the Poughkeepsie Journal offers tips on taking out the technology trash . . .

The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., reports on a novel water treatment plan . . .

And The News Leader in Staunton, Va., examines green life on campus:

[Images: Newseum]

Freedom Forum family values, Gannett style

April 6, 2008

Run by a roster of Gannett insiders and political luminaries, Freedom Forum has done more than build a much-discussed $450 million news museum in Washington, D.C. The non-profit foundation sponsors a wonderful scholarship program benefiting young minority journalists. The Chips Quinn Scholars honor the late John “Chips” Quinn Jr., son of John Quinn, a Freedom Forum advisory trustee and former USA Today editor. Chips, editor at the Poughkeepsie Journal, was just 34 when he died in a tragic 1990 automobile accident. (Quinn Sr. and my mom were briefly co-workers long ago at The Providence Journal.)

I would think Freedom Forum’s multimillionaire founder, Al Neuharth, would love the Quinn Scholars program, and would do anything to make sure it gets every penny of funding possible. The retired Gannett CEO (left) grew up poor, after all — a fact he references all the time in his weekly USA Today column. “As a kid on the prairie of South Dakota, heart of the ‘Dust Bowl,’ I learned what ‘tightening your belt’ really means,” Neuharth, 84, wrote not long ago. “My widowed mother sold the house my dad had built before he died. She got $1,700 for it and downgraded by buying a smaller one for $1,000.”

But wait, tissue-holders; there’s more: “She took some of the leftover money to buy a used sewing machine to do repair work on laundry she took in to help pay for groceries and other necessities. The rest of the cash she kept for several years in shoe boxes under her bed because she didn’t trust banks, some of which then failed.”

I’m kinda guessing Mother Neuharth wouldn’t have trusted Freedom Forum either — based on the following eye-opening figures I compiled from its latest public tax return. Amount spent in 2006 on:

  • Grants to 69 needy Chips Quinn Scholars: $105,500
  • Wages, expenses for one 84-year-old Neuharth: $425,545

Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for Freedom Forum to explain what Neuharth did for that six-figure payday. I’d also like to know what the trustees in charge knew about his platinum pay package.

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Hot Off the Press: Spitzer scandal editions

March 11, 2008

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer‘s use of a high-end prostitution service was huge news in the state. How Gannett newspapers (and the New York Post!) looked this morning:

The Democrat and Chronicle was among a handful of newspapers urging — or nearly urging — Spitzer to resign. “Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been too vague about his role in a high-class prostitution ring,” the paper said. “He must step forward today to flatly disavow implications that he was involved in the illegal activity or resign.”

The Journal News in White Plains . . .

The Poughkeepsie Journal . . .

And the New York Post, owned by Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp., which also owns the Fox News network.