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Plain Dealer buyouts cut newsroom by 17%

 

The Plain Dealer's newsroom will be reduced by about 17% with the completion of a voluntary buyout program first announced two months ago.

 

Of the newsroom's 372 employees, 64 accepted the company's offer to leave voluntarily in exchange for a severance package. In the case of those who are at least 50 years old and have at least 20 years of service, they will receive 2½ years' pay and health-care coverage. Others who are leaving voluntarily are getting two weeks' pay and health care for every year of service.

 

The company's offer was made to all its 1,450 workers. President and Publisher Terrance C.Z. Egger declined to say how many of the 1,080 employees in other departments — such as circulation, advertising and accounting — have volunteered to leave. The Plain Dealer’s parent, Advance Publications Inc., is privately owned.

 

More at:

http://www.cleveland.com/weblogs/business/index.ssf?/mtlogs/cleve_business/archives/2006_10.html#195689

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Newspapers are getting as bad as their broadcast brethren in radio & TV news. It's not about good journalism or public service any more.  It's about being a "profit center". That's why most TV news is so shallow and superficial in what it covers and how it covers it.  If it weren't for NPR, radio news would barely exist, thanks to the Clear Channel-ization of the industry.

 

One of the things this article at least acknowledges is that in buying out long-time reporters, you have an immediate brain-drain of both talent and local knowledge.  Management in my former profession (TV news) would never admit to shoving older reporters out the door, though that is exactly the practice in the business today.  TV news is the biggest practicioner of "age discrimination" and they rarely get called out for it.

 

That's one reason why you see so many young faces on your local newscast.  As one ex-news director friend of mine (who quit the business) used to say: "Any more it's like managing a children's theater group."

 

It's fund-raising week for most NPR stations and I'm giving generously. My second source of news is still newspapers, but that's on shaky ground.

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I saw this on Wikipedia and found it interesting:

 

"The Plain Dealer is the major daily newspaper of Cleveland, Ohio. It also has the largest circulation of any Ohio newspaper, and is a top 20 newspaper for circulation in the United States.[1] The Plain Dealer currently boasts more than 820,000 readers on weekdays and 1 million readers on Sunday.[2] The Plain Dealer's media market, Greater Cleveland, is ranked #1 in the country for Sunday newspaper readership percentage (75.4% of total adults) and #2 in daily newspaper readership percentage (62.6% of total adults), second only to New York City in the weekday editions.[3]"

 

 

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I saw this on Wikipedia and found it interesting:

 

"The Plain Dealer is the major daily newspaper of Cleveland, Ohio. It also has the largest circulation of any Ohio newspaper, and is a top 20 newspaper for circulation in the United States.[1] The Plain Dealer currently boasts more than 820,000 readers on weekdays and 1 million readers on Sunday.[2] The Plain Dealer's media market, Greater Cleveland, is ranked #1 in the country for Sunday newspaper readership percentage (75.4% of total adults) and #2 in daily newspaper readership percentage (62.6% of total adults), second only to New York City in the weekday editions.[3]"

 

 

 

for all of there negative reporting the PD is still the 10 or 11 largest circulated Daily Newspaper in America.  Keep in mind the census has cleveland listed as the 13 Largest metro market.

 

The PD has huge reach...to bad the people that work there "appear" not to care

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I saw this on Wikipedia and found it interesting:

 

"The Plain Dealer is the major daily newspaper of Cleveland, Ohio. It also has the largest circulation of any Ohio newspaper, and is a top 20 newspaper for circulation in the United States.[1] The Plain Dealer currently boasts more than 820,000 readers on weekdays and 1 million readers on Sunday.[2] The Plain Dealer's media market, Greater Cleveland, is ranked #1 in the country for Sunday newspaper readership percentage (75.4% of total adults) and #2 in daily newspaper readership percentage (62.6% of total adults), second only to New York City in the weekday editions.[3]"

 

 

 

 

I've always found these statistics to be shocking considering how weak of a newspaper the PD is.... at least that's my opinion from occassional casual reading.

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^After having lived in three other cities around the country, it really puts the PD into perspective. Its a much better paper than people here give it credit for.

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I used to agree with much of the comments made in past few posts. But ever sense the change in leadership at the PD I feel the content, although not perfect (for example, why am I summarizing the findings of the planning commission in my blog instead of reading it in the paper, and why are Peanuts still being run in the comics), the articles have become much more urban core focused and not as negative.

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I used to agree with much of the comments made in past few posts. But ever sense the change in leadership at the PD I feel the content, although not perfect (for example, why am I summarizing the findings of the planning commission in my blog instead of reading it in the paper, and why are Peanuts still being run in the comics), the articles have become much more urban core focused and not as negative.

 

Who changed the in the leadership?  Has the editorial slant changed because of this? Is the journalism better now?

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The Plain Dealer names new editor

Posted by Metro staff May 14, 2007 14:03PM

 

Susan Goldberg, executive editor and vice president of the San Jose Mercury News, will become the editor of The Plain Dealer effective May 29th.

 

Plain Dealer Publisher Terry Egger made the announcement today.

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http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2007/05/the_plain_deler_names_new_edit.html

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If she's excited about the changing world of journalism, then hopefully she'll see the value in getting the PD a real, professional webpage.

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Thought I'd start a thread related to local TV, Radio and Print media.

Discuss things such as the newish feature on Cleveland.com where you can finally comment directly on the stories published, but not all of them. Or how a cancer like Trivissano can still exist in our city

 

Or this:

 

From Crain's

 

WJW-TV on the block

By JOHN BOOTH

 

10:41 am, June 14, 2007

 

Ten years after buying WJW-TV, Channel 8, News Corp. has put the Cleveland television station up for sale along with eight other Fox network affiliates.

 

News Corp. made the announcement Wednesday night in a news release. WJW vice president and general manager Greg Easterly declined to answer questions about the planned sale by News Corp., which owns 35 stations across the country.

 

News Corp. spokesman Andrew Butcher did not immediately return a call for comment.

 

The other stations for sale are KDVR in Denver, KTVI in St. Louis, WDAF in Kansas City, Kan., WITI in Milwaukee, KSTU in Salt Lake City, WBRC in Birmingham, WHBQ in Memphis and WGHP in Greensboro, N.C.

 

News Corp. has retained New York investment bank Allen & Co. to handle the transactions.

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Ghetto latte or bootleg latte refers to a latte where the customer has used the complimentary milk and other condiments to convert a less expensive drink into an approximate copy of a more expensive one.  A customer orders a double espresso in a 16 ounce cup and then adds a ton of half-and-half over at the condiment bar to make a "latte-for-less."  Also commonly done with an iced Americano.

 

There has been debate about the ethics of this practice. Some argue that it is unfair to the retailer or to the other customers, while others argue that it is a reasonable response to a complicated pricing scheme.  Maybe Carl could catch a civic official cheating the system - isn't that his specialty?

 

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Civic official?  More likely a mailman or a parking lot attendant.  Monday's a bully who prefers to pick on the powerless.  I see him sometimes at my gym now, btw.  If there is one local celeb who I don't want to see around town, its him.  Still, if anyone is wankin' in the locker rooms, at least I know who to tell.

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Civic official? More likely a mailman or a parking lot attendant. Monday's a bully who prefers to pick on the powerless. I see him sometimes at my gym now, btw. If there is one local celeb who I don't want to see around town, its him. Still, if anyone is wankin' in the locker rooms, at least I know who to tell.

 

The funny thing is, Carl Monday is a nice guy in person. My sister worked with him for many years. But he acts tough on camera. Since Carl's a shorty (maybe 5-foot-7), if he ever tries to bully you, just step on him.

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Romona, Angie - they're all well and good but there is only one Diva of Cleveland News - Wilma Smith. You do not miss Wilma when she enters a room but she's also a very genuinely nice person.

 

She doesn't say "hope you have a nice evening", she *orders* you to do it! "Do make it a good evening" 

 

Thank you, please be seated.

wilma.jpg

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I'm surprised no one has shouted out Sharon Reed on Action news lol! :roll:

 

I will say I like Markina Brown on action news. She gives the most objective reports over anyone on that entire station-the weather report.

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And she'll look just like this when she's 83 years old...

 

wilma.jpg

 

Why not? She looked exactly the same in 1983. When she dies at age 146, the mortician won't have to do much to make her presentable for the viewing.

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What's our confidence level that Wilma's not a robot?

 

Ramona, IMO, is the classiest. I saw her get cat called by several very drunk men at a Cavs game a few years ago. The sheer effortless ease with which she simulatenously accepted the praise yet rejected their clumsy advances was astonishing.

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And she'll look just like this when she's 83 years old...

 

She looks like she did when I lived in Cleveland in the late 80's. Exactly what I thought when I saw the post (pic). All though my favorite was a newcomer on channel 43 named Romona Robinson.

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