Monday, January 22, 2007

Jobs cut at community papers

According to the Business Courier web site, Gannett is eliminating printing of Cincinnati-area community newspapers here, and will instead print them 175 miles away in Lafayette, Ind. This cuts 31 jobs locally. So much for community newspapers actually being a part of the community. Let's see if this story makes it into the Enquirer on Tuesday.

UPDATE: The Enquirer reported something on Tuesday, but not the job cuts. That story ran at the bottom of page 2 of the Local section, and was the only story in the section that did not carry a byline. Because of the press-release tone of the article, this could mean it was not written by anyone in the newsroom. Credit goes to the Dean at Cincinnati Beacon for posting this first.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan McHugh should be shipped to Lafayette along with the printing.

9:24 PM  
Blogger The Dean of Cincinnati said...

At what time was that story first posted? Your time stamp and the BizCourier's don't match...

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's "news" in the Enquirer about this change is frankly, sad. Have they lost all journalistic ethics?

They clearly leave out a number of items of interest; the loss of at least 31 jobs, and the move of more than two dozen commercial printing jobs to Richmond, Indiana which include the UC News Record, Miami Student, Queen City Jobs, Downtowner, Cincinnati Herald and the Spanish Journal just to name a few.

And, in regard to McHugh's comments about color, I guess that explains why Gannett cut more than 12,000 papers on the East side of Cincinnati a few weeks ago...so they can pay for it - wonder how many advertisers know about that one.

Looks like ethics have clearly left the building.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Newsache said...

My time stamp is accurate. I don't know why the Courier's posting time is 7:45, because it was on their web site by late afternoon.

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Dean of Cincinnati said...

I asked because I wanted to make sure The Enquirer had time to see it before deciding to run today's propaganda.

I figured that's what happened, but I just wanted to check.

Thanks.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder if these folks kick their dog just for costing a dime in chow. So much for being "local" and "hometown". Hope it snows every day when those papers are being trucked in.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Ms. McHugh failed to mention is that the price of ads in the community papers just went up. Black and white ads are only less expensive IF on black and white pages. Now that those have been eliminated, the cost of the ads rose. AND there'll be less bang for the color buck because a single color ad won't stand out as much as it use too. Advertiser beware.

10:54 PM  
Blogger The Sour Kraut said...

I thought the printer was to be in Connorsville, If so, is Lafayette correct?

How do they justify shipping costs; a Cincinnati printers that expensive or does Cincinnati have noone capable?

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This doesn't appear to be about capability as much as it is not wanting to make an investment or a commitment to THIS community to have the capability.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lafayette is where the Community Papers are going...Richmond, Indiana is where all of the commercial work is expected to go (that wasn't in the Enquirer story).

The weeklies had a lot of commercial print customers, rumored that Gannett could have helped even more with their work...they didn't.

Guess this will only make it harder for some of these publications, who compete for ad dollars with the Enquirer to do well. I wonder who wins in that one.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Newsache said...

Where is Cin Weekly printed?

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cin Weekly is printed in Louisville.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be ware...they will eliminate the community papers, gut the staff and increase the cost of advertising...one thing they cannot handle is the switch to the web...sad, sad, sad

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Community Press.com 2-7-07

Delayed newspaper delivery
Due to the weather emergency, delivery of your Wednesday morning Community Press and Recorders will be delayed, said Gary DiSanto, Vice President of Circulation.

DiSanto asks subscribers: "Please be patient as newspaper carriers will make every attempt to deliver to all subscriber homes where road conditions permit."

...there's a lot of road between Lafayette and Cincinnati, just imagine the delay had this week's paper been printed in Indiana.

10:34 AM  

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