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Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Vanacore’

Gannett Employees To Take Unpaid Furloughs

In order to prevent further layoffs, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, Gannett Co., announced yesterday that workers will be required to take a week off without pay.  According to the AP, these furloughs apply to 17,000 staffers at the 81 papers in Gannett’s U.S. community publishing division.  Employees at USA Today and the Detroit Free Press will not be asked to take any time off and the temporary leave of absence will, for now, affect only non-union workers.

Gannett has ordered furloughs in each of the previous two years and currently employs about 35,000 people — a major drop-off from 46,000 at the end of 2007. While TV, web, and print advertising has risen in recent months, newspapers are struggling to compete with cheaper, more efficient digital options.  Head of Gannett’s community publishing division Bob Dickey expressed his dismay for the furloughs in a companywide memo:

The staff reductions we have taken over the past few years have been very hard and further reductions are not our first preference.

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EW’s Print Mag Takes the Viral Video to a New Level

star-trek-entertainment-weekly.jpgStop the presses! Er…something. Entertainment Weekly is running a video advertisement for CBS in – wait for it – their print magazine. So instead of print going online – now online is going print?

We don’t know. We also don’t know if it’s totally awesome or a complete waste of totally awesome.

AP’s Andrew Vanacore writes:

CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly billed the video advertisement as the first ever to appear in a print magazine. CBS says the video player insert, made by a Los Angeles company called Americhip Inc., will be able to withstand the binding processes and mail delivery.

Wait, is it technically still a print magazine after this? Or will it be a mixed medium publication from now on?