Archive for the ‘Surveys’ Category

Final survey results: What you’d pay me to blog

October 1, 2008

More than half of those who took my recent survey said they’d pay me at least $1 every three months to edit Gannett Blog. And, more encouraging, 41% said they’d pay $5 or more.

To reprise: I proposed charging a voluntary subscription fee each quarter so I could start generating income once my USA Today severance checks end later this month.

The breakdown of 318 reader responses so far to the question, I’d pay Jim this much per quarter:

  • $0: 44%
  • $1: 13%
  • $5: 25%
  • $10: 16%

Note: figures don’t total 100 due to rounding.

So, I’m going to keep this idea on the front burner. While I haven’t completely given up on the idea of publishing advertising on this blog, I want to pursue voluntary subscriptions first.

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.

How much would you pay me to edit Gannett Blog?

September 24, 2008

My last USA Today buyout check arrives soon, and I’m now setting goals for what’s next. Top of my list: start generating income. One place I might do that is right here on Gannett Blog.

For a variety of reasons, I’m not comfortable selling ads. Instead, I’m toying with another idea: a voluntary subscription fee, collected quarterly during a pledge drive. I’d set a financial goal for each quarter — perhaps $8,000 — then ask readers to pay $1 or more. I’d collect the money through a secure online payment service, such as PayPal or Google Checkout.

As a starting point, I’d like you to answer the following question — posted in the new survey box, near the top of the green sidebar, right. I’d pay Jim this much per quarter:

  • $0
  • $1
  • $5
  • $10

Also, what do you think about my trying to make money here? 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.

Where you work: Most are current employees

August 19, 2008

That’s according to new findings from my ongoing “Where do you work survey,” near the top of the blue sidebar, right. Although far from super-duper scientific, the survey now taken by more than 1,800 Gannett Blog readers offers a glimpse at where you’re coming from:

  • Gannett Corporate HQ: 4%
  • A Gannett newsroom: 33%
  • Gannett, but not a newsroom: 26%
  • I’m an ex-Gannettoid: 27%
  • Never worked for Gannett: 7%
Note: figures don’t total 100 because of rounding.

Survey says: I’m surprised by recent hiring

May 30, 2008

Amid CEO Craig Dubow‘s campaign for more diversity, I expected a lot more minority hiring when I asked Gannett Blog readers this week about their department’s newest employees. Fully half of the 86 who responded to my survey said their last hires were white. (I was expecting closer to 25%.)

Now, this wasn’t a random sample. But the results are still interesting, if only as a collection of anecdotes. So here, then, is how those 86 readers responded when I asked them to complete this statement: The most recent person hired in my Gannett department was

  • Asian-American: 13%
  • Black: 22%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Native American: 2%
  • White: 50%
  • Other/don’t know: 1%
  • I’m not a Gannett employee: 6%

Note: figures don’t total 100 because of rounding

Related: Sinner? Saint? Sweetheart? Survey shocker!

Your thoughts, in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, use this link from a non-work computer; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

[Image: the 12 members of the rather lily-white Gannett management committee]

Survey: In recent hiring, whites still dominate

May 28, 2008

[What we say, not what we do: Gannett’s top management]

Updated on May 30: The final survey results are here. 

Earlier: Despite buyouts, layoffs and the occasional mysterious departure of publishers, Gannett is still in hiring mode, as CEO Craig Dubow aims for more workforce diversity. In a new survey, I’m asking readers how this is playing out across the company, based on recent hires in their department.

If you haven’t already, please consider completing the short survey, in the poll box at the bottom of the green sidebar, right.

A breakdown of the first 57 responses to the statement, the most recent person hired in my Gannett department was:

  • Asian-American: 10%
  • Black: 21%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Native American: 3%
  • White: 49%
  • Other/don’t know: 1%
  • I’m not a Gannett employee: 8%

Related: After decades of diversity, looking for reader gains

Your thoughts, in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, use this link from a non-work computer; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

And the most miserable New Jersey paper is . . .

May 12, 2008

[Misery loves company: carbon copied Frank Gannett]

Puh-leeze! Was there ever any doubt? Courier-Post staffers endured Poopgate and other conditions so bad, they threatened to file a complaint with the U.S. Labor Department, saying they were denied pay for overtime worked. For all that (and so much more!), Gannett Blog readers on Sunday named the paper, winner of the inaugural Frank E. Gannett Memorial Misery Loves Company Award.

But, you know what? If I ever returned to Gannett (hah!), I’d work at the Courier-Post. They’ve got moxie. Ich bin ein Cherry Hiller!
Here’s a breakdown of the 122 responses to the reader-suggested survey question: The most miserable N.J. paper is . . .
Note: Figures don’t total 100 due to rounding. (Plus, Blogger‘s survey widget sometimes has bad hair days.)

Misery survey: Cherry Hill pulls ahead of the pack

May 9, 2008

As Gannett reportedly pushes buyouts today across its troubled New Jersey newspaper group, the Courier-Post at Cherry Hill, N.J., has moved into the pole position in my reader-suggested survey, seeking the most miserable among the state’s six papers. But it’s not too late to vote! The survey closes at midnight, Sunday; see the poll box at the bottom of the green sidebar, right. Monday, I’ll announce the winner of what I’m calling the first-ever Frank E. Gannett Memorial Misery Loves Company Award.

A breakdown of the 94 responses so far to the question: The most miserable N.J. paper is . . .

  • Asbury Park: 20%
  • Bridgewater: 24%
  • Cherry Hill: 29%
  • East Brunswick: 11%
  • Morristown: 4%
  • Vineland: 9%
Note: Figures don’t total 100 because of rounding.
[Photo: company founder Frank Gannett]

Traffic jam: Nothin’ says lovin’ like lots of clickin’

May 8, 2008

Driven by New Jersey employees, traffic is up. This chart shows daily visits (yellow) and pageviews (red) over the past 30 days, as of late this morning. As always: Thank you for your continued vote of confidence. And remember: There’s strength in growing numbers — now, especially, since members of the board of directors say they’re readers, too. Also, if you haven’t already, please consider completing the “Where do you work?” survey, at the top of the blue sidebar, right.

[Data: SiteMeter]

Cherry Hill, Bridgewater lead in ‘most miserable’

May 7, 2008

The Courier News at Bridgewater and the Courier-Post at Cherry Hill are far ahead of the pack in my reader-suggested survey, seeking to find the most miserable of Gannett’s six New Jersey papers. Check out the poll box, at the bottom of the green sidebar, upper right.

In early tabulations, the totals from 61 responses:

  • Asbury Park: 13%
  • Bridgewater: 29%
  • Cherry Hill: 32%
  • East Brunswick: 14%
  • Morristown 1%
  • Vineland: 8%

Note: figures don’t total 100 because of rounding.

Why the long faces?
The Jersey group has lately had a difficult time. The Courier News saw its circulation plunge 11.7%, to 30,620 — one of the steepest losses among GCI papers in the most recent reporting period. Publisher Ketan Gandhi forced it into a merger with the Home News Tribune in East Brunswick. Then, two months ago, Gandhi abruptly left Gannett under circumstances the company has never addressed. (His successor was announced only yesterday.)
And yet: Cherry Hill’s Courier-Post, at 67,258 daily, entered the match already down in the dumps!

Vote: Which N.J. paper is the most miserable?

May 7, 2008

Now, here’s an election we can really get excited about! Inspired by a Gannett Blog reader, I’ve just launched a special new survey, at the bottom of the green sidebar, right. Commenting on this post, the reader says: “Winner can have its IT department offshored to the part of Dubai shaped like N.J.”