Archive for the ‘Widows and Orphans’ Category

Holidaze: Your gift shopping dilemma solved!

December 13, 2008

Buy an optional Gannett Blog subscription today for that someone special, and you’ll get a bonus: I won’t launch a really annoying 12 days of Christmas countdown of reasons to support this blog.

I’m trying to earn $6,000 quarterly, through voluntary subscriptions of $5 per reader; advertising contributes just a tiny share. Please use the “Donate” tool in the green sidebar, upper right. Or, send checks and cash to: Jim Hopkins, 584 Castro St. #823, San Francisco, Calif. 94114-2594.

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On that WSJ story, credit where credit is due

December 13, 2008

The lion’s share really goes to Gannett Blog‘s readers, who supplied all the inside dope, in comments and e-mail. As the rewrite guy, I just pulled all the information into a post that caught a reporter’s attention. Whether you call it crowdsourcing, or kibitzing — it works. It’s good to see credit in big national media like The Wall Street Journal, because it amplifies your voices well beyond this blog. (Plus, it makes a fun surprise for mom. Hi, Raine!)

What I’m doing right now

December 13, 2008

8:05 p.m., San Francisco time: Posting a photo of the blueberry muffins Sparky baked for dinner.

Exclusive: More intercepted e-mail to the CFO!

December 8, 2008

[Martore, Burns]

To: G. Martore
FROM: C. Montgomery Burns
RE: Another excellent idea from a loyal employee

Let’s turn Christmas into a Gannett loyalty test. How? Offer Corporate staff three choices for a company-paid holiday gift:

Everyone who picks the endowed chair keeps their job — for now.

P.S.: After all you’ve sacrificed for this wonderful company, I am shocked — shocked! — that the Gannett Foundation refuses to pay for all the X-mas gifts you told me to buy for your family at Tysons Galleria mall. How in the name of double-digit profit margins is that “not investing in the future of the communities in which Gannett does business?” Is the mall not a Gannett community???!!!

Stop Burns now!
I’m trying to earn $6,000 quarterly, through advertising and voluntary subscriptions of $5 per reader. With just 23 days left in the current quarter, I’ve raised $3,947 — 66% of my goal. The breakdown:

  • Advertising: $1,142
  • Subscriptions: $2,805

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Outlook: Bankruptcy jitters; a trip to Wall Street

December 8, 2008

TODAY: Investors are watching Gannett shares for fallout from reports yesterday that Tribune Co. is moving closer to a bankruptcy filing. Trading resumes at 9:30 a.m. ET; GCI closed Friday at $8.92 a share, up 40 cents, or 4.7%. Also, I’m still fishing for any final layoff plans from three big worksites: USA Today, the Detroit Free Press, and The Cincinnati Enquirer; total jobs cut so far: 1,904 from 67 of 85 U.S. dailies. WEDNESDAY: CEO Craig Dubow & Co. make presentations at the UBS media stock analysts conference; 10 a.m. ET. (Webcast details). I’m looking for severance cost estimates for the current quarter, plus more talk about Gannett One.

Thank you, dear readers!

December 6, 2008

Under heartbreaking circumstances, you rose to the challenge again: reporting your own layoff — news that might otherwise have been kept under wraps. It is a pleasure to work with you!

[Photo: Teddy bear, taken yesterday, 6:21 p.m., San Francisco time]

What I’m doing right now

December 5, 2008

10:50 p.m., San Francisco time: Photographing a $5 bill that a reader sent for a Gannett Blog subscription. I ask readers to consider supporting my blog with a voluntary subscription of $5 per quarter. You may pay online, using the “Donate” tool in the green sidebar, upper right. Or you can snail-mail checks (payable to me) or cash via Jim Hopkins, 584 Castro St., #823, San Francisco, Calif. 94114-2594.

Welcome, readers from Reuters, Poynter, E&P!

December 3, 2008

Please take my “Where do you work survey?” near the top of the blue sidebar, right. Plus, check out the secret world of Gannett Blog.

What I’m doing right now

December 1, 2008

9:51 p.m., San Francisco time: Live-blogging a layoff while wearing a $2.99 Santa Claus hat from Walgreens.

Spam attack requires me to OK your comments

November 29, 2008

(Updated.) For the first time, this blog has been attacked by a comment spammer, or group of spammers, unhappy about my post on profit margins at Gannett newspapers. The spamming subsided early today, after starting soon after I published the original post yesterday afternoon. But as a precaution, I’ll continue reviewing all comments before they’re published. This slows comment publishing a tad, and creates a bit more work for yours truly, but I’m not going to let the site get overwhelmed. And, as always, I appreciate your support.