The needler in the haystack.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

More furloughs at USAToday, other Gannett papers

Logo for Gannett's northern NJ operations.
The Courier News' Plainfield readers may well wonder about the condition of the newspaper (and its online version, after news broke early this afternoon on Jim Hopkins' Gannett blog (see here) of mandatory one week furloughs in Q02 for most employees of USA Today and GPS (Gannett Publishing Services).

GPS is responsible for printing, distribution and other services for Gannett's 82 U.S. newspapers, including the Courier News, the Home News Tribune and the Asbury Park Press. As usual, the corporate-speak memo points a finger at difficulties in advertising sales, especially what is called 'national' advertising.

Newswise, the Courier is such a shadow of its former self that I almost hesitate to plunk down the 6 bits it costs. The online version suffers from light postings of locally written pieces and lots of AP 'filler'.

If you select the 'News' view of the front page, you will find the same stories headlined for the Courier's supposed 'regions' and these stay up for days.

Meanwhile, there's plenty happening everywhere around us.

Thank God for Plainfield's blogging community's pitching in!

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Pat Turner Kavanaugh said...

Dan: amen to your thank you to local bloggers. Mark Spivey does his best, but two (2) reporters covering Union, Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties? I was hired by The Courier, then on Church Street in Plainfield, to cover Piscataway and South Plainfield; Hollis Burke had the 2nd best news job, North Plainfield; and Jack Gill was number one, in a number of senses, covering Plainfield. Travesty.