Monday, February 9, 2009

Monday Feb. 9 -- Got news or a layoff rumor?

If you have news or info on layoffs, leave it in comments.


Anonymous said...

Rumors are big that layoffs will happen this week.

Archer05 said...

No legal ads? A trend to watch: Jeff Jarvis says, "papers are now, well, too puny."

-One more kick in the kidneys for papers: The end of legal ads-

One form of revenue - and, truth be told, government subsidy - for newspapers that hasn’t gone away - yet - is legal ads. Laws require notices to be given to the population as a whole and newspapers were judged to be the best vehicle for them. No more. A court in Maine just ruled that notice in a paper is no longer sufficient because papers are now, well, too puny.

Anonymous said...

Any news of having voluntary layoffs at any of the papers? We asked in Lexington and were told that they're not sure if that will be "allowed" or not this time around.

Anonymous said...

While watching Star-Telegram publisher Gary Worte deliver his bullshit speech to employees last week - is there anyone who was at that meeting that believes one work that SOB says?

Anonymous said...

Talked to some still employed at the MoBee and it seems there is a trend of them that is still there are looking for jobs elsewhere and also going back to college to gain new skills or up date current skills. They may have heard that layoffs are in the wind.

Anonymous said...

from Fitz & Jen:

Jen: Every cost is getting the hairy eyeball including travel. That is why the Newspaper Association of America's John Sturm sent around a letter to newspaper publishers and executives asking them to reconsider their stance on the organization's March conference MediaXchange since attendance so far is reportedly low.

The letter was not sent to build up the ranks of the conference for the sake of the NAA, rather Sturm notes that 40 retailers -- big newspaper advertisers -- have signed up for the event and really how bad would it look if newspapers went AWOL leaving representatives from the likes of Best Buy, Target, and Rite Aid, standing around staring at each other.

Sturm frames the argument for attending as a goodwill PR move:

It is important to these major newspaper customers -- some of your biggest customers -- that they meet with newspaper advertising executives. If this industry isn't well represented at this event ... if it's not there to help address their issues as a good partner ... if on top of the frequent bad news they read about newspapers there are few newspaper executives there to see them ... what message are we sending?

I think you know the answers.

Inside many of their companies the bosses of these retail executives are, more than ever, questioning their investments in newspapers. These retailers need to see you, hear from you and be convinced of the long term viability of your digital/print strategies. They need the facts and figures of the newspaper value proposition to defend and justify -- inside their own companies -- their continued investment in newspapers.