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Gannett Reports Smaller Fourth Quarter Profit

Gannett Co, the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, reported fourth quarter results Monday that delivered on Wall Street’s expectations but still showed a marked decline in advertising revenues.

The company’s total revenues for the quarter were $1.39 billion, down from $1.46 billion the year before, while net income was $116.9 million, down 32 percent from $174 million the year prior. Also, the company spent $40 million after tax on severance and other “workforce restructuring” initiatives, one reason why the company’s profits fell so dramatically.

Ad revenues at the company’s newspapers fell an average of 7 percent, while revenues at Gannett’s TV stations fell 13 percent, mostly due to a lack of political advertising.

Digital revenues, though, rose 9 percent, mostly due to growth at CareerBuilder. Digital now makes up 21 percent of Gannett’s revenues.

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PiPress Workers Get Two Layoff-Free Months

Employees at the St. Paul Pioneer Press have extended a shortened workweek in exchange for a no-layoff guarantee through March 31, averting possible layoffs, MinnPost reports.

Two years ago, the paper was the only MediaNews-owned property that was losing money, and management instituted the shortened workweek and pay reductions in exchange for a yearlong no-layoff guarantee. That guarantee has since been extended a few times, saving about 30 union jobs (though non-union managers have been let go during this time). The paper is now owned by John Paton’s DigitalFirst, the company possibly trying the hardest to transform newspapers into profitable online news organizations.

Former Cosmo Editor Funds Media Innovation Center | Promotions | More News You Need To Know

The David & Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford and Columbia will be funded with a $30 million gift from the former Cosmo editor….Parenting has promoted two digital execs…and more….

Jobs Of The Day: SCPR Seeks Co-Host For Madeleine Brand Show

Southern California Public Radio is hiring a co-host for what was The Madeleine Brand Show, and what will become a new two-hour news magazine. You, the new co-host, will “help redefine the sound of the program as it expands and changes.” Since the show will focus on Latino and other ethnic community issues, fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred, and a third language is even better. It’s in Pasadena, CA. Good luck!

California American Water has an open position: an external affairs specialist. (Monterey, CA)
The Charles E Smith Jewish Day School seeks a director of marketing and communications. (Rockville, MD)
Mother Earth News seeks an editor. (Topeka, KS)
Marlin Magazine (Bonnier) has an open position: a content director. (Winter Park, FL)
Faber-Castell wants a graphic designer. (Cleveland, OH)
Radio Lab (WNYC and New York Public Radio) wants an associate producer. (New York, NY)
Llewellyn needs a publicist. (St Paul, MN)
LaunchSquad seeks a VP of PR. (Cambridge, MA)
Porter Novelli is looking for a digital strategist. (Washington, DC)
Haymarket Media is hiring an art director. (New York, NY)

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to Mediabistro.com’s listings, to find the best media jobs out there. We screen out duplicates and scams so you know you’re only receiving the top choices.

As of the time of this posting, there were 1355 jobs on our board.

Organize Your Job Search With 44Score

There’s a new job search tool out there. It’s inexpensive, it’s easy, and it may actually help a lot of jobseekers out there.

It’s called 44score, and we’ve been testing it out over the last few weeks. (Unsurprising disclaimer: 44score founder David Sickmiller let us test it for free in the hopes that we would review it.)

44Score is a sort of CRM tool for jobseekers. It tracks where you’ve applied, remembers what version of your resume and cover letter you sent where, and reminds you to follow up.

So far, no big deal. Becomed, for example, does the same stuff, and even anyone who doesn’t want to use a CRM can set up reminders, etc., with any decent task management software.

Where 44Score stands out is its toolbar, which installs right in your browser and takes care of automating much of the data entry that goes along with tracking your job search. (The toolbar only works, of course, with browsers that support this sort of thing–so Firefox 4+ or Internet Explorer 7 or higher. Sorry, Chrome users.)

When you click on an email address to apply for a job, a window pops up right in your browser. It has saved copies of other cover letters you’ve sent out, so you can reuse (and customize, of course) said letter and pick the best version of your resume for that job. After the email is sent, you can tell the software to remind you to follow up in a week.

The toolbar also reminds you when a deadline for applying or following up is coming due.

Here’s a video from 44score that explains it:

The software isn’t perfect. We wish the user interface was a little cleaner (or required fewer clicks); it doesn’t work with all jobs you apply for through an ATS (though the toolbar does support some ATSes, and you can manually add that application history on 44Score’s homepage); and until recently, there was no way to prevent the toolbar from making *every* email address you clicked on open the toolbar. (44Score has recently added an “eject” button that kicks you back into your preferred mail program). We also wish that 44score had analytics like some of its competitors.

Jobseekers pay nothing to sign up and begin using the service. Once you land a job, you pay a “placement fee” to 44Score, which ranges from $4.95 to $39.95 depending on what type of job it is (internships are cheapest, while full-time salaried positions are the most expensive).

If you use this to get a job, let us know. We liked the trial but obviously didn’t follow it through to its conclusion, since we’re not seeking a new gig right now.

Hard To Argue With Twitter’s New Recruiting Video

The above recruiting video for Twitter is bad. Purposely bad, of course, but it’s still cringe-inducing. Hey, nobody wants to work at a company that takes itself too seriously to make a video this bad, right?

Most of the social network’s open positions are for engineering jobs, as you’d imagine, but we found a few for media pros, like this one for a copywriter/editorial manager.

With Wine Romance ‘Spent,’ QRW Ceases Publication

The Quarterly Review of Wines, a 35-year-old wine bible, ceased publication at the end of last year, a move that went unnoticed by the press until now, minonline reports.

Why? Well, the usual, said publisher Richard Elia recently: “upcoming retirements, the magazine world is in perilous shape, advertising is down, the digital age is king, out-of-state wine delivery problems.”

That, and the romance is just gone, he says. Since people are more concerned with toys and being able to quickly look up a wine’s score on their cell phones, it just isn’t fun anymore.

Tell that to the magazine’s 25 contributors, though, and they’ll probably say they wished the magazine had stuck around, “romance” or not.

Fainaru Leaves Bay Citizen | Geez, You Hated Me That Much? | More News You Need To Know

It’s Monday, and that means another roundup of the media news that happened over the weekend. First up is the announcement that Steve Fainaru is leaving the Bay Citizen. He’s been with it since its launch in 2010. Next is a puzzling conundrum from a job applicant who was rejected and asked for feedback. The company is apparently putting together a large document full of feedback. Is this a good or bad thing? We don’t know! Read Alison Green’s answer. There’s more, too–just look down!

Jobs Of The Day: Community Manage At Dwell Studio, Edit At Fox News, More

Looking for a new gig? Here are 11 (call it our baker’s dozen, sorta) new jobs freshly posted to media job boards across the ‘Net.

Dwell Studio, not to be confused with Dwell the magazine, seeks a community manager to handle all of the company’s social media. You’ll be working with Facebook, You Tube, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, and more.

If this doesn’t sound like your thing, never fear: ten more jobs below:

Fox News iMag has an open position: a senior editor. (New York, NY)
Western Washington University is looking for a journalism/PR professor. (Bellingham, WA)
Brothers & Co needs an art director. (Tulsa, OK)
Hawkins International PR seeks a senior account executive. (New York, NY)
Simon & Schuster is seeking a children’s editorial assistant. (New York, NY)
Smithsonian Books seeks an editorial intern. (Washington, DC)
MTV Desi is seeking a producer. (New York, NY)
The Futurist has an open position: an editorial and communications assistant. (Bethesda, MD)
Scotts Miracle Gro is looking for a PR manager. (Marysville, OH)
R/GA wants a director of search marketing. (New York, NY)

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to Mediabistro.com’s listings, to find the best media jobs out there. We screen out duplicates and scams so you know you’re only receiving the top choices.

As of the time of this posting, there were 1374 jobs on our board.

Dan Abrams Food Site Will Need ‘A Couple’ New Hires

Among the other topics covered in this wide-ranging interview with the Mediaite founder, Dan Abrams told Ad Age today that he’s launching a food site “in the next few months.”

The site will use one in-house editor but Abrams Media will be hiring “a couple more” people to help run the site.

That, plus one or two more launches later in 2012, mean a few gigs for journalists/bloggers/what have you. And Abrams also told Ad Age that the company is “solidly profitable,” which is always a good sign on the Internet.

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