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Form: Saridakis leaving GCI

April 7 — According to a form filed today by Gannett, Chris Saridakis, Gannett's senior vice president and chief digital officer, informed the company he plans to leave Gannett by the end of the month.

Saridakis was named to the position Jan. 14, 2008. At the time he left as CEO of PointRoll, Inc.

Saridakis was named CEO of PointRoll in 2005 after serving two years as the company's chief operating officer. Before that, he served as senior vice president and general manager of the Global TechSolutions division for DoubleClick Inc.

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Gannett says no 2Q furloughs

March 16 — Gannett refuted a report posted here March 15 that said the company's Community Papers division would enact one-week furloughs in the second quarter for employees making more than $90,000 annually.

According to a memo from Bob Dickey posted on the Gannett Blog and a message sent to Poynter's Jim Romenesko, the company will not have furloughs in the second quarter.

This news comes the afternoon after Monday's report was posted when a senior vice president with Gannett told Gannettoid.com the company had decided on the limited furloughs.

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GCI confirms end to wage freeze

March 1 — Gannett newspaper division president Bob Dickey confirmed in a memo today the company will lift its wage freeze April 1.

The freeze was imposed April 1, 2009 and said to be for 12 months. There had been growing concern the company would extend the freeze, but a Jan. 12 Gannettoid.com report cited company sources saying the freeze would be lifted as scheduled.

Today's memo is the first official confirmation on the topic from the company.

McClatchy, which began its own wage freeze in September 2008, announced in December that its cutback would end at different times for employees of its 30 daily newspapers at different times, depending on "financial performance and challenges at each individual paper."

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Memo: Update on Journal News

March 1 — The Journal News, a Gannett newspaper in Westchester, N.Y., enters its final week before outsourcing its printing and packaging to a non-Gannett site in Rockaway, N.J.

The move announced in early December, also includes the production of Gannett's Poughkeepsie Journal in White Plains, N.Y.

Journal News publisher Michael Fisch confirmed to Gannettoid.com at the time that his paper was profitable, but the closing would lead to the elimination of 166 full- and part-time employees.

The move is effective with all editions dated March 8.

A new memo, dated Feb. 26, details the transition process has already begun.

"This transition has been under way for some time, and you will see some changes in our product as the length of our paper will be slightly shorter than it is currently," the memo read. "We've actually transitioned some of the packaging elements over the past several weeks, and the rest will occur the week of the 8th of March."

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Gannett's senior V.P. of labor relations retiring

March 1 — In a move first rumored over the summer, Wendell J. Van Lare, Gannett's senior vice president of labor relations, is set to retire April 30 after 33 years with the company. William A. Behan, the assistant in that department since 2007, will take over as senior VP. Read more here: MarketWatch.


Gannett Board of Directors meet

Feb. 22 — Gannett's Board of Directors are scheduled to meet this week, company spokeswoman Robin Pence said in an e-mail Sunday to Gannettoid.com.

A report on the Gannett Blog speculated executive bonuses and the current wage freeze are likely topics. The meeting is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday afternoon.

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Agenda set for Florida conference

Jan. 27 — The agenda for next month's conference with executives from Gannett's metro newspapers was released today.

According to the agenda, the attendees include publishers, advertising directors and other executives from Phoenix, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Nashville, Louisville, Rochester, Westchester, Palm Springs, Des Moines, Fort Myers, Brevard, Asbury and Wilmington.

The conference, Feb. 3-4 in Orlando, is the resurrection of a group that functioned several years ago, but has been in recess for a while, a memo sent Tuesday to attendees said.

As expected, the meeting largely focuses on growing revenue, with discussions on 2010 advertising strategies and updates on accounts.

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Dickey will attend Florida conference

Jan. 26 — Bob Dickey, president of Gannett's newspaper division, will attend the Feb. 3-4 meeting in Orlando, according to a note sent to planned attendees and obtained by Gannettoid.com.

The meeting, which is expected to focus on growing revenue, will also include publishers and top advertising executives from the division's top 13 newspapers and members of the corporate revenue team. The conference will also include a meeting of the LINC group, which includes executives from the companies papers in Louisville, Indianapolis, Nashville and Cincinnati.

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Gannett plans February conference in Florida

Jan. 13 — Gannett is hosting a Metro Council Meeting next month at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla., according to internal documents obtained by Gannettoid.com.

"The South Group is hosting the conference, and will be handling the logistics of the meeting," Carol Hudler, recently appointed president and publisher of The Tennessean, wrote in the invitation to executives from Gannett's metro papers.

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READ THE MEMO INTRODUCING KROST HERE

Sources: Gannett set to end wage freeze

Jan. 12 — Gannett is expected to keep its promise by lifting a wage freeze one year after its implementation, multiple sources have told Gannettoid.com.

The company announced in March 2009 the freeze would last from April 1 until March 31 for all U.S. Community Publishing employees. The move is in line with what division president Bob Dickey promised when making the announcement, but employees have wondered if a still-lagging economy would extend the freeze.

McClatchy, which began its own wage freeze in September 2008, announced last month the cutback would end at different times for employees of its 30 daily newspapers at different times, depending on "financial performance and challenges at each individual paper."

Gannett has not commented on the expiration of the wage freeze, but executives have confirmed to Gannettoid.com the budgets are set with room for wage increases to begin in April.

Despite the upcoming return of raises, Gannett remains in a cutting mode. The round of layoffs Dickey announced over the summer has yet to complete, employees are required to take five furlough days during the first quarter and the company is considering whether or not to impose another week of furloughs in the second quarter. The announcement last month that Westchester would lay off 166 employees when it outsources its printing is a part of the 1,400 planned layoffs Dickey announced over the summer.

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Dickey, Pence set for audiocast

Jan. 8 — The following note was included in the weekly e-newsletter to employees, "About Gannett."

Audiocast Tuesday: USCP President Bob Dickey

Learn more about new initiatives being launched within US Community Publishing and the division's priorities for the year by tuning in to an audiocast Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m. (ET) at http://gannett.gci. E-mail your questions by going to http://gannett.gci/chat now or during the audiocast. Host: Robin Pence, vice president of corporate communications at Gannett.

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New target numbers set for sites?

Jan. 7 — Rumors have been swirling that at least some newspaper properties are being told to grossly exceed budget for the first six months of 2010.

This initiative does not appear aimed at all papers in the U.S. Community Publishing division, but involved sites are reportedly being told to hit numbers far higher than that set out on the budget.

Individual properties prepare a budget, but corportate then either increases or decreases the set number. The new target numbers are set above the budget numbers, not instead of the set number.

So far, it is unknown if there are any mandates set for sites to achieve new numbers, such as layoffs or other cutbacks, but most employees at all papers in the division are required to take five furlough days in the first quarter.

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Metromix set for 'Best Of' in January

Dec. 31 — Metromix, the joint entertainment Web site venture of Gannett and Tribune, is looking ahead to 2010 for a "Best Of" feature. According to a memo sent Dec. 17 from April Denn, Metromix's director of sales marketing and ad operations, participating markets will invite users to vote for the "best of" that market's restaurants, bars and other spots.

Voting is scheduled to begin on categories Jan. 11 with winners being announced Jan. 25-29.

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Gannett sends 401(k) blackout notice

Dec. 22 — Gannett sent notice Tuesday employees would not be able to access their 401(k) accounts for a 24-hour period due to a bank change. According to the memo, sent Tuesday afternoon and obtained by Gannettoid.com, the plan is changing from The Bank of New York Mellon to The Northern Trust Company.

SEE THE MEMO HERE | DISCUSS THIS IN THE FORUM

Gannett career fairs clash with CareerBuilder

Dec. 18 — Despite being profitable, virtual career fairs hosted by Gannett properties are in violation of an exclusivity contract the company signed 12 years ago with CareerBuilder.com, according to an internal memo sent Thursday.

The career fairs were hosted by App Vault, a vendor that sells virtual career fairs and other employment products, and generated as much as $40,000 with a fee of $1,695-2,500 to produce.

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Week of cuts, furlough news for Gannett

Dec. 7 — After a brief hiatus from news of more cutbacks, Gannett had a busy week with announcements of furloughs, layoffs and more consolidation.

The company announced Tuesday that the staffs of USA Weekend and USA Today would both be cut and then combine. The company announced later that day that non-union employees in its community newspaper division must take a one-week furlough in the first quarter of 2010.

The week wrapped with the late-Thursday news from Michael Fisch, publisher of The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., that the paper would outsource its printing to Rockaway, N.Y.

Fisch, who confirmed to Gannettoid.com that The Journal News is profitable, said the move will lead to the layoffs of 166 full- and part-time employees.

USA Today, which recently fell behind The Wall Street Journal to No. 2 in overall U.S. newspaper circulation, announced it was laying off 26 employees. The paper remains first in overall print circulation. USA Weekend is cutting 11 positions, including seven immediately and four in March.

WESTCHESTER PROFITABLE: READ MORE HERE | DISCUSS THIS IN THE FORUM

JOURNAL-ISMS REPORTS ON USA TODAY LAYOFFS

More restructuring for Westchester paper

Dec. 4 — A memo sent Thursday night from Mike Fisch, publisher of The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., revealed the latest round of restructuring at the Gannett-owned newspaper. The paper will close its printing plant, leading to the elimination of 166 full- and part-time employees in production and packaging.

According to the memo, which Fisch confirmed to Gannettoid.com was from him, The Journal News, the Poughkeepsie Journal and other commercial clients will begin printing in Rockaway, N.J., effective with all editions dated March 8, 2010.

The Journal News has been in restructuring mode for more than a year. The paper laid off six employees in July, 136 employees in August and 60 in the final quarter of 2008.

SEE THE MEMO HERE | DISCUSS THIS IN THE FORUM

Will second-quarter furloughs follow?

Dec. 3 — Shortly after rumors began circulating in September about a round of furloughs throughout Gannett in the first quarter of 2010, the second quarter started being mentioned.

One Gannett executive was unsure if any furlough decision had been made at the time, but was at least aware that discussions had begun for not only the first quarter, but also the second.

Following Tuesday's confirmation of first-quarter furloughs, company spokeswoman Robin Pence said no decision has been made about possible second-quarter furloughs.

Another company executive told Gannettoid.com in September that Dickey informed a small group of editors at the company's content summit that month that first-quarter furloughs were expected. Pence said no decision had been made at that time and Dickey ignored e-mails sent to the address referenced in his memos to staff inviting questions or ideas.

READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE | MEMO | FAQ

WHAT TO DO ABOUT FURLOUGHS | DISCUSS THIS IN THE FORUM

Gannett confirms more furloughs

Dec. 1 — Gannett will institute another round of one-week furloughs in the first quarter of 2010, according to a memo sent Tuesday by Bob Dickey, president of the company's newspaper division.

Dickey and CEO Craig Dubow have ignored recent e-mails from Gannettoid.com attempting to confirm rumors of such an announcement and company spokeswoman Robin Pence had denied furloughs were planned in a Sept. 23 phone call. Pence, who had not commented on the topic again since September, had cited a budget letter sent that month telling publishers not to budget for furloughs.

Gannett first instituted furloughs in the first quarter of 2009, then again in the second quarter before saying it would not have more the rest of the year.

The topic of 2010 furloughs came up when Dickey held a meeting with about a dozen various editors at the company's Content Summit in September. A person familiar with the meeting told Gannettoid.com that Dickey said furloughs were possible for 2010. When pressed at the meeting, Dickey confirmed furloughs were expected. No official had confirmed the rumor until Dickey's announcement.

This round of furloughs is not planned for union employees, but employees at the Detroit Free Press recently approved furloughs.

MEMO | FAQ || FURLOUGH HELP || DISCUSS THIS IN THE FORUM

PERSONNEL CHANGES AT THE TENNESSEAN | AND SALES

DETROIT PARTNERSHIP CUTS 40 | LAYOFF TRACKER: 1,680

Gannett I.T. issues reference guides

Nov. 18 — Gannett Information Technology sent a memo Tuesday outlining reference tools for employees for handling customer service and software questions. The document outlines quick reference guides that are available for employees to better understand how to use customer service software for billing and other tasks.

The guides also provide information for programs such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Project, Windows and Appleworks. According to the memo, the tutorials "are designed to be short, informal movies that you can easily use for quick reference." The guides are available for download.

SEE THE MEMO HERE | DISCUSS THIS IN THE FORUM


THIRD-QUARTER EARNINGS | PREVIEW | OFFERING SENIOR NOTES | MARTORE


GCI's circulation report has one increase

Oct. 29 — The Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta is Gannett's only daily newspaper to post an increase in circulation over the previous year, according to the latest report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

All other Gannett properties showed losses, according to the ABC report on Gannett. The largest loss by percentage was suffered by The Courier-News in Somerville, N.J. The paper lost 7,408 of 26,805 for a dip of 27.6 percent. The paper's Sunday numbers fell 20.6 percent, to 23,560, also the biggest drop in that category for company newspapers.

READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE | HAS YOUR PUBLISHER SENT A MEMO?

Ryan updates, revises ad plan

Nov. 23 — One month after issuing a tentative schedule, Gannett's vice president of operations has updated rollout plans for the company's transition to consolidated ad production.

In the memo, Austin Ryan said payment plans have been finalized for employees who will lose jobs from this consolidation. What those plans may include was not mentioned.

Gannett's plans for regional ad-building centers were first mentioned in August and confirmed in September. The consolidated centers are in Des Moines and Indianapolis, two of the first few places on the transition schedule.

Des Moines and Iowa City led the transition with a Nov. 2 change. Indianapolis is scheduled for the next transition Jan. 18, with other papers in Indiana following a week later.

SEE THE MEMO HERE | DISCUSS THIS IN THE FORUM


Gannett I.T. issues reference guides

Nov. 18 — Gannett Information Technology sent a memo Tuesday outlining reference tools for employees for handling customer service and software questions. The document outlines quick reference guides that are available for employees to better understand how to use customer service software for billing and other tasks.

The guides also provide information for programs such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Project, Windows and Appleworks. According to the memo, the tutorials "are designed to be short, informal movies that you can easily use for quick reference." The guides are available for download.

SEE THE MEMO HERE | DISCUSS THIS IN THE FORUM


MLM, NBCF TEAM UP | NEW SHREVEPORT PRESS
TIM DOWD
| POUGHKEEPSIE PRODUCTION TO WHITE PLAINS


GCI's circulation report has one increase

Oct. 29 — The Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta is Gannett's only daily newspaper to post an increase in circulation over the previous year, according to the latest report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

All other Gannett properties showed losses, according to the ABC report on Gannett. The largest loss by percentage was suffered by The Courier-News in Somerville, N.J. The paper lost 7,408 of 26,805 for a dip of 27.6 percent. The paper's Sunday numbers fell 20.6 percent, to 23,560, also the biggest drop in that category for company newspapers.

READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE | HAS YOUR PUBLISHER SENT A MEMO?

New circulation report from ABC released

Oct. 26 — New reports were released today from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the independent company that tracks newspaper circulation. Gannett's USA Today had already made the most news in the circulation stories, pre-reporting a 17-percent decline and falling to No. 2 in the nation, but today's announcement added new angles to the coverage of the struggles newspaper companies have faced.

"The release may prompt news articles and reports that may or may not provide the full story and the essential context," a memo to staff of The Courier-Journal in Louisville from publisher Arnold Garson said.

READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE | HAS YOUR PUBLISHER SENT A MEMO?

GCI plans upgrades for paper's Web sites

Oct. 23 — Gannett Digital is in the process of improving the site search feature on its Web sites for its newspaper and broadcast properties. In a memo sent Thursday, Kevin Poortinga said some sites will begin launching the changes soon, but the larger deployment will continue through the first quarter of 2010. Poortinga, the general manager of product development for Gannett Digital, said the changes are a reaction to feedback on the "dislike for the compartmentalized search format" currently used.

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Tentative GPC rollout schedule released

Oct. 8 — Gannett appears to have a starting point for its plans to transition ad production services from its newspapers to consolidated centers in Des Moines and Indianapolis. Although executives had said during a Sept. 10 conference call they were expecting to have a rollout schedule for the transition set by the next week, the one released Tuesday appears to be the first draft released of such a schedule.

The schedule is called "VERY tentative" by Austin Ryan, Gannett's vice president of operations, and draws notice to a potential issue with the plan for Fort Myers, which is the only paper planned for a Feb. 22, 2010, switch.

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Update on status of Gannett Digital projects

Oct. 7 — Jeff Book, the director of deployment for Gannett Digital, issued a memo Monday updating publishers and others on the status of project in the division's project portfolio. Each project listed includes a summary, a list of project directors and information on the level of effort needed by individual sites, as indicated by LOE.

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More details on transition to automated obits

Oct. 1 — An internal memo sent Wednesday by Kate Marymont reveals more details about Gannett's plans for its obituary services. Marymont, the company's vice president of news, mentions an agreement with Legacy.com and stresses that despite all papers moving to paid obits, death notices should be provided and are to be free.

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WESTCHESTER HIRES NEW YANKEES WRITER (ABRAHAM TO GLOBE)

GCI's New Jersey papers focus on 'Tax crush'

Sept. 28 — Gannett's chain of newspapers in New Jersey began an eight-day series Sunday focusing on the state's property taxes, which are the highest in the nation. The series began drawing press coverage from other outlets before the first day was published.

According to an editorial introducing the series, the paper discusses why taxes are so high, how it impacts people and how other states avoid being No. 50. The editorial also said the paper will follow the series with a three-part editorial series recommending steps to reduce taxes.

The Associated Press reported the series revealed that a family earning $40,000 would pay 14 percent of its income to property taxes, while a family earning $126,000 would pay seven percent.

'TAX CRUSH' SERIES PAGE

New rollout schedule set for self-serve obits

Sept. 21 — Gannett has set a new date to begin transitioning sites to self-serve publishing of obituaries. The company originally planned to begin with The Indianapolis Star the week of Sept. 7, but announced Sept. 4 it would be pushing that back three weeks due to "unexpected delays." Now, according to a memo sent Friday from Annette Gould, Gannett's manager of advertising technology, The Star and three other papers are scheduled to launch the change Oct. 5.

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Louisiana to merge printing; cut 40 jobs

Sept. 17 — Gannett's The Town Talk in Alexandria, La., will lay off about 40 employees when it shifts its printing next month to Lafayette, La., according to a memo. Leslie Hurst, Gannett's vice president of the South group and publisher of The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette announced the move in a memo obtained by Gannettoid.com. In the memo, Hurst said, "this decision was not made lightly, but is the result of a great deal of thought and research to ensure that we are making the best decision for both operations."

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Gannett opens content summit in McLean

Sept. 15 — Gracia Martore, Gannett's chief financial officer and top executive while CEO Craig Dubow continues to be out on a medical leave, sent a note Monday mentioning the content summit the company has planned for this week. The note says the the summit will begin at 3:30 p.m. (ET) and will be streamed on the company's intranet site.

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DETROIT PAPERS DOUBLING NEWSTAND PRICE | COMMENTARY

Conference call reveals more on GPC plans

Sept. 11 — When Gannett transitions its advertising production services to regional centers beginning later this year, some employees targeted for layoff will be able to apply for new positions, Austin Ryan told publshers and advertising executives Thursday in a conference call.

Gannett confirmed last week it is consolidating advertising production services to sites in Des Moines and Indianapolis. The vice president in charge of the move, Ryan, shared more details in the call.

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DICKEY E-MAIL | Q&A | RELEASE | AUSTIN RYAN NOTE


MEMO: Transition to self-serve obits delayed three weeks


Gannett confirms ad consolidation plans

Sept. 2 — With a note to publishers Wednesday morning, Gannett finally confirmed it will consolidate its advertising production to centers in Des Moines and Indianapolis. The company had been declining to discuss the move since it was first mentioned in a report one week before taking place Aug. 10-11 in Des Moines. Publishers were sent details on the regional ad building centers in an e-mail from Bob Dickey, Gannett's president of the newspaper division, that said, "Our plans to create centralized advertising production centers in Des Moines and Indianapolis have progressed to the point where we wanted to update you and your employees."

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Various ad projects bring in $10 million

Sept. 1 — Leslie Giallombardo sent a memo Monday to the United States Community Publishing division’s publishers and advertising directors, and others within Corporate, asking for input and results from several projects launched in recent months.

In the e-mail marked "CONFIDENTIAL," Giallombardo listed six specific advertising projects and said, "Revenue generated to date is estimated to be over $10 million for these programs combined."

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Westchester lays off 79, plans to hire 12

AUG. 28 — Journal News publisher Michael Fisch confirmed in a phone interview Friday morning with Gannettoid.com that the planned layoffs in the news and advertising departments are finished. The Gannett newspaper told all 288 of its news and advertising department employees their jobs were being eliminated and they had two days to reapply for 217 new positions with the company.

Fisch said 41 employees opted out of the process, including 22 in the advertising department and 19 in editorial. An additional eight in advertising and 30 in news were also laid off, making the total number of layoffs 79, nine more than the projected number from when the paper first announced the restructuring. The paper is now looking to hire 12 employees in advertising.

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DUST SETTLES: BLOG POST BY STEVE GOSSET

Will Gannett confirm consolidation moves?

AUG. 27 — Gannett has yet to publicly acknowledge it is moving to consolidate ad production, but Gannettoid.com has confirmed a meeting earlier this month in Des Moines was about forming regional ad building centers. Discussions have taken place at Gannett newspapers where managers have not acknowledged these plans. It's possible many do not know about the plans, so the question is when will Gannett share more information?

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An inside look at consolidation planning

AUG. 20 — When Gannett launches its regional ad building centers in Des Moines and Indianapolis early in 2010, it will come after at least three years of planning for the costs-savings move. According to internal documents obtained by Gannettoid.com, Gannett saw the consolidation as a way to benefit from "substantial labor savings" and "capitalize on current outsourcing efforts, increase outsourcing efforts and gain additional efficiencies."

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Gannett planning to automate obits

AUG. 17 — Gannett is planning to begin launching self-publishing programs for obituaries in September. According to a memo sent Monday from Annette Gould, Gannett's manager of advertising technology, The Indianapolis Star will be the first site, with a scheduled transition for the week of Sept. 7. (MEMO ADDED AUG. 21)

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ANOTHER EXEC LEAVING LANSING STATE JOURNAL

Details emerge from meeting in Des Moines

AUG. 17 — Details are slowly emerging from the meeting Gannett held last Monday and Tuesday in Des Moines. The meeting was to discuss consolidating ad production across Gannett. The company is planning on having regional ad-building centers in Des Moines and Indianapolis, likely to capitalize on the infrastructure already in place for regional toning centers already at those facilities.

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POUGHKEEPSIE MOVING PRODUCTION TO WHITE PLAINS

Restructuring at Westchester newspaper

AUG. 13 — One of Gannett's worst-performing newspapers in the circulation trends category announced Wednesday it would be undergoing a major staff restructuring. The Westchester County Journal News in New York plans to eliminate 70 staff positions by the end of August, a month when the paper has already laid off 57 employees. (FISCH MEMO FROM FRIDAY ADDED)

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Latest hub ideas not new for Gannett

AUG. 11 — A memo from Jan. 24, 2008, shows regional ad building centers and editorial hubs are not a new idea for Gannett. Some thoughts first proposed to the company a year and a half ago were revisited this week as a meeting was held in Des Moines to discuss consolidating the production of ads. Very little has been shared about this week's meeting, but the proposal does show some of what the company has been thinking for a while.

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MEMO: GO4 Faster initiative aims at helping GCI Web sites

News director leaving Gannett's WUSA

AUG. 11 — Gannett's flagship television station, WUSA in Washington, D.C., is looking for its ninth news director in 14 years after Tuesday's announcement that Lane Michaelsen is leaving the job for a similar one with WTVJ-TV in Miami.

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Indy, Guild reach new deal

AUG. 10 — The union that represents workers at The Indianapolis Star has reached an agreement on a new contract that reduces employees' pay by 10 percent.

READ THE COMPLETE STORY AT EDITOR & PUBLISHER

Can clunkers cash help Gannett?

AUG. 7 — When the U.S. Senate approved an additional $2 billion Thursday for the "cash for clunkers" program, dealerships and potential new-car buyers weren't the only ones ready to capitalize. So too were properties throughout Gannett. A memo detailed ways to produce revenue from ContentOne.

READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE

Louisville becoming editorial 'hub'

AUG. 5 — A process that began two years ago is now taking shape with news that Gannett's papers in Asheville, N.C., and Greenville, S.C., will begin moving some production operations to The Louisville Courier-Journal. Employees at the Asheville Citizen-Times and The Greenville News were told Tuesday that all design work and some copy editing would be moved to Louisville.

READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE

Kane memo preludes Des Moines meeting

AUG. 3 — As Gannett managers prepare to meet next week in Des Moines to discuss consolidating ad production, Interstate Group president Mike Kane sent a memo to those who report directly to him stressing the importance of the budget for the final six months of this year. Kane started the memo by saying, "It's very important for everyone to understand that our recently submitted final L6 projections in effect became our new budget."

READ THE MEMO AND MORE NEWS ABOUT THE MEETING HERE

Historic Poughkeepsie Journal building sold

The historic building that houses Gannett's Poughkeepsie Journal in New York has been sold, according to the newspaper's Web site, to Page Park Associates, a real-estate development firm based in Pleasant Valley, N.Y.

The paper was listed for sale with a price of $5.25 million, according to this posting from LoopNet. More details are also available in a listing by CoStar Showcase.

According to the listing, Gannett is looking to sign a five-year lease to continue using 31,688 square feet of the 72,238 square feet available. The listing also adds that Gannett is "in discussions with several additional tenants for the remaining open space."

READ MORE ABOUT POUGHKEEPSIE HERE


Forbes.com: Jim Hopkins' exit interview


USA Today story on severance packages


N.Y. Times focuses on Gannett, severance

The New York Times published a story that focused on Gannett's cutting of its severance package for former employees. The story pointed out that, "Gannett, a largely nonunion company, is under no obligation to make severance or any other payments to most of the people it lays off, and it is not alone in looking for ways to spend less on employees as it weathers the downturn."

The story also quoted Andrew Stettner, the deputy director of the National Employment Law Project, who called Gannett's severance program "pretty rare." Several major publishers, including the Tribune Company, the McClatchy Company and the Times Company, said they have never used a program like Gannett's and instead pay standard severance.


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Gannett's Pence comments on delay of payments

Gannett spokeswoman Robin Pence said in an e-mail that an "outside payroll administrator" was to blame for the delay in processing the second week of severance payments to employees laid off earlier this month.

Here is her e-mail: "There was a brief processing delay on the scheduled payment date last Friday that resulted in some postings to participants' bank accounts being delayed. The error occurred with the outside payroll administrator, not TMS and not Gannett. More information about what happened will be provided directly to those former employees in the coming days."

GCI tops second-quarter expectations

Gannett announced a decrease in revenue, but a raise in profit during conference call to share its second-quarter earnings report. READ ABOUT THIS HERE.

July round of layoffs hits Gannett papers

Gannett is nearing the end of a round of layoffs that the company said will shed about 1,400 people. READ ABOUT THIS HERE.

Citizen: No sale, paper only online

The Tucson Citizen was not sold and Gannett has turned the paper into an online opinions publication. READ ABOUT THIS HERE.

Furloughs announced; now what?

Gannett has turned to furloughs throughout its U.S. divisions and at corporate headquarters. Can you collect any state unemployment benefits during this time off? FIND OUT HERE.

Honolulu employees take pay cut

The unions at The Honolulu Advertiser reached an agreement with Gannett on a contract that reduces pay for most workers by 10 percent unless the paper returns to profitability. READ ABOUT IT HERE.

Lafayette weekly focuses on Advertiser

A non-Gannett weekly in Louisiana published a critical article about Gannett-paper, The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette. READ ABOUT IT HERE.

Gannett newspapers reducing sections

A growing number of Gannett newspapers are reducing newsprint in 2009. Many are cutting sections to reach this goal. FOLLOW THE CHANGES HERE.

Newspapers stopping the presses

Gannett newspapers have been reducing workforce, newsprint costs and consolidating operations. Part of this includes papers closing their printing operations. READ ABOUT THIS HERE.

Changes in Detroit

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press are cutting home delivery to three days and will publish digital editions online every day. The online editions will be available for a subscription cost. READ ABOUT THIS HERE.


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