Layoffs tomorrow?

Dateline: Wed 08 Jul 2009

Thanks to the information available at Gannettblog -- which shuts down Friday, what a loss -- it's pretty easy to see the writing on the wall:

Gannett will lay off/fire hundreds of employees in meetings that apparently are starting at some newspapers today; I'm hearing tomorrow is F-Day for the Indianapolis Star.

And how, you ask, dear reader, will the newspaper be able to provide any news after it has again thinned its ranks?

The answer is in the malevolent ContentOne plan, which has been in the Gannett works since last winter. Basically, as someone commented on Jim Hopkins' Gannettblog, ContentOne "is going to become key to providing copy that newspapers need to continue to pretend to be newspapers...

"So will ContentOne originate or draw on USA TODAY? I think draw on USA TODAY. (I also think it will be an unmitigated disaster. Readers and advertisers know canned copy when they read it...)"

I believe this person has it right, and that this is what will happen at the Star. Sources have said they've seen USA Today prototypes floating aroudn the Indianapolis newsroom, done up in a version designed to appeal to Indianapolis readers. In other words, all sections and much material will originate at Gannett HQ USA Today information centers, then be spun out to the farm clubs -- including the Indianapolis Star.

Hence, Gannett is well positioned to cut jobs this week. It has had its evil plans in place for some time now...

Here is a story from Dec. 11 editorsweblog.org online, which explains it:

"Gannett has just launched ContentOne, an initiative which will 'upend the traditional thinking about content in our industry, both in how we gather it and how we sell it,' according to Gannett president, Craig Dubow. 

The initiative is a 'venture as a system for content development, sharing and information gathering, which is meant to eliminate content redundancies across its papers in order to better focus on deep local content,' according to Clickz.


In addition to ContentOne, Gannett has recently added Metromix to the QuadrantOne newspaper site network which is co-owed by Gannett, Hearst, The New York Times and the Tribune.

The changes highlight Gannett's focus on digital growth and online ad revenue streams.

Source:  ClickZ"

Gannett is going to destroy the news industry as we've known it. Your local paper will be thinner -- if possible -- and contain less local news. It will largely be made up of stories generated elsewhere...all the better to fire more people, my dear.

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hendy [Member] said:

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2009-07-08 09:55:18

John Howard [unverified] said:

"Your local paper will be thinner -- if possible -- and contain less local news. It will largely be made up of stories generated elsewhere."

In other words, a USA Today with a customized-to-the-city masthead.

2009-07-08 10:21:15

Tom Greenacres [unverified] said:

"Your local paper will be thinner -- if possible -- and contain less local news. It will largely be made up of stories generated elsewhere."

And if this comes to pass, why would anyone want to buy a "local" newspaper? We buy local newspapers for local news. If you want national and international news, read the NYT or WSJ or (in my opinion) the best of the news magazines, The Economist.

This new business plan sounds like the noise made by a snake as it swallows istelf from the tail forward.

2009-07-08 12:40:36

hendy [Member] said:

I'm somewhat abashed that none of you see this as a market opportunity to reinvent news in Indy (etc.).

When I was young, there was the Indianapolis Times. Time for the Times again?

2009-07-08 15:41:26

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