• Hawaii News Now Dominates Islands’ Social Media

    Raycom's Hawaii News Now, the digital presence that rolls up its CBS, MyNetworkTV and NBC affiliates, is Honolulu's commanding leader on social media according to Shareablee data. Nicole Bento, its digital content director, says Facebook has become essential as the leading platform for its news brand, and Facebook Live is now a key tool there.  More | Add comment
  • Don’t Even Think About Dropping Your User Comments

    Ron Stitt argues that killing user commenting on publishers’ owned-and-operated sites is about the worst move they can make, as it sabotages one of their best means of engagement. That engagement has a big impact on KPIs like low bounce rates and extended time on site, he says.  More | Comments (2)
  • Beacons Maturing Into Viable Sales Strategy

    Beacons are moving away from the experimental phase and into profitable sales strategy deployment. Matthew Davis describes two recent campaigns that showed this maturation in action as location-based marketing led to a dramatic uptick in click-through rates.   More | Add comment
  • WBRC Tops Birmingham’s Social Media Scene

    Raycom’s WBRC is Birmingham, Ala.’s clear leader among local media on social media performance according to Shareablee data. Shannon Maze, its news director, says Facebook is a crucial driver, as 66% of its web and mobile sessions start there. More | Add comment
  • Executive Changes At Publicis, Optimizely And Scorpion Marketing

    In her biweekly roundup of career moves, Kelly Benish looks at new faces at RocketSpace, ADP and more, anniversaries at iProspect, Affinity Express and beyond and numerous opportunities at companies including and Reelio.  More | Add comment
  • In Shreveport, La., KSLA Rules On Social Media

    Raycom-owned KSLA paces well ahead of its nearest competitor on social media performance among local media outlets, according to data from Shareablee. It boasts almost a million social actions over the last six months and also leads the market in overall fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • Lexington’s WLEX Leads Social Media By A Nose

    It’s a tight race on social media among local outlets in Lexington, Ky., where Cordillera’s WLEX leads the market in overall actions according to Shareablee data. Gray’s WKYT follows close behind, and passes for the lead on total fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • WPRO-AM Leads Providence-New Bedford Social Media

    WPRO, a Cumulus-owned station, holds a commanding lead over its local competition on social media according to data from Shareablee. The talk station boasts both the market’s highest number of social actions in the last six months and the most fans/followers.  More | Add comment
  • We’re All Accountable For Sales

    GateHouse Media’s Jason Taylor is a sales dynamo who has long been inspiring publishers. Here, Mary M. Collins channels some of his recent advice for sales teams from holding daily meetings to ride-alongs, content quizzes and always keeping a commitment to meaningful training.    More | Add comment
  • WPTV Tops On Social in West Palm

    Scripps-owned WPTV laps its closest competitor in terms of total social actions over the last six months according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley reports that the station has adopted an aggressive Facebook video strategy, using Facebook Live to complement its broadcasts, while major local events like the Orlando shooting underscored the platform's utility.  More | Add comment
  • Papers Must Use Data To Shape Their Monetization Plans

    Troubled newspapers can’t afford a one-size solution to their monetization strategy, Arvid Tchivzhel and Taohang Zhang argue. Rather, the answers lie in their first-party data, which can show them how to maximize total net revenue from both advertising and subscription revenue. More | Add comment
  • Facebook Propels WLBT To Social Leadership

    Raycom-owned WLBT has a commanding lead on social media among its local competitors in Jackson, Miss. according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley looks at the station’s Facebook playbook, which is helping drive such strong engagement.  More | Comments (1)
  • WCTI Leads Greenville, N.C. Social Media

    Bonten-owned WCTI holds a solid lead on local media competition among its Greenville, N.C. peers on social, according to data from Shareablee over the last six months. Gray’s WITN, meanwhile, captured the highest number of fans/followers on social.    More | Comments (3)
  • K-LOVE Dominates Fort Smith, Ark. Social

    Among local media on social in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark., Christian radio broadcaster K-LOVE rules by orders of magnitude according to Shareablee data. Only Tribune-owned KSFM comes remotely close in terms of total social actions over the last six months.  More | Add comment
  • WTVF Wins Nashville Social Media

    Scripps’ WTVF topped local media in social media actions over the past six months, but it’s in a close race with Meredith-owned WSMV, which bested it in terms of overall fans/followers according to Shareablee data. More | Add comment
  • In Knoxville, Radio Trounces TV On Social

    When it comes to performance on social media among local media outlets, TV and newspapers don’t hold a candle to radio. WIMZ-FM, a classic rock station, annihilates all comers on total social actions according to Shareablee data, while Scripps’ WKHT, better known as Hot 104.5, commands the vast majority of fans/followers. More | Comments (1)
  • ‘Tags Over Titles’ A Key Lesson For Publisher Videos

    Colorado’s Ballantine Communications has been aggressively producing video content for its newspapers. One of the most important takeaways, says CEO Doug Bennett, is that audiences gravitate to the topics they’re interested in far more than navigating a limited and prescribed slate of online “shows.”   More | Add comment
  • How To Build Your Digital-Age Newsroom

    Ron Stitt lays out a modern vision for the local TV newsroom staffed by multi-tasking, highly productive staffers serving up much more relevant, engaging content (and a lot more of it). Getting there, however, involves completely refiguring budgets and personnel, plus the willingness to do so.  More | Comments (1)
  • Video, Pot Show Promise For Denver Post

    Newsroom morale may have sunk with cutbacks and leadership departures at Digital First’s flagship Denver Post, but Reid Wicoff, its digital sales chief, says its struggles are inspiring innovation. Video — via its nascent DPTV effort — has been a boon, he tells NetNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp, and so has its pot vertical, The Cannabist. In an exclusive interview, he says digital now accounts for almost a third of the paper’s overall revenue.  More | Add comment
  • Now On Media’s CMS Checklist: Distributed Publishing, Monetization

    Many media companies are pushing back against monolithic content management systems, opting for a more flexible set of tools and more APIs. In this special report, Angela Misri looks at how integration with distributed publishing platforms, greater mobility and even monetization tools have risen to the top of media’s CMS needs and their providers’ roadmaps.   More | Comments (5)

Special Reports

NOLA, Times-Picayune Face More Staff Cuts
Blog of New Orleans, Jun 18, 2015, 11:24 AM EDT
Kevin Allman reports that two days after executives at NOLA Media Group, publisher of | The Times-Picayune, announced the company would be merging with the Alabama Media Group to form a new "Southeast Regional Media Group," managers at the media company's offices met with reporters to announce the newsroom would shrink — again. Link | Add comment
More Layoffs At Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 6, 2015, 10:14 AM EDT
Gatehouse Cuts Journos At Former Halifax Papers, Mar 3, 2015, 3:03 PM EST
More Layoffs Hit Sports Illustrated
Capital New York, Jan 26, 2015, 6:10 AM EST
The layoffs at Sports Illustrated go deeper than the six remaining staff photographers fired last week, Nicole Levy reports. Two senior writers, some copy staffers and two editors at Sports Illustrated Kids have been laid off, parent company Time Inc. confirmed, with some of the employees taking buyouts.  Link | Add comment
100 Layoffs At Orange County, Riverside
OCWeekly, Dec 4, 2014, 6:57 AM EST
“Approximately 100 colleagues across several business units of
the Register and The Press-Enterprise will be leaving us. We are most grateful for their contributions and appreciative of all they have done to help support the company,” Publisher Rich Mirman told employees of the two newspapers in a memo yesterday. “It is very important to note today's restructuring will not impact the newsroom, and thus it will not impact readers or the overall quality of the newspapers.” Link | Add comment
Newspaper Cutbacks
NYT Signals More Newsroom Cuts In Offing
Mother Jones, Nov 21, 2014, 7:32 AM EST
 New York Times indicated yesterday that it's getting close to a round of forced layoffs of its journalists, James West reports. The newsroom-wide email details responses to employee questions about a scheduled buyout program from Janet Elder, a deputy executive editor. The email states that "the most frequently asked question is about scale and whether or not there will be enough buyouts to avoid layoffs. Given that the buyout window is still open, it's hard to have an absolute answer to that question just yet. Early efforts to handicap the outcome regrettably point to having to do some layoffs."   Link | Add comment
HBO To Cut More Than 150 This Week
Variety, Oct 28, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT
Weeks after Time Warner went public with job cuts at its Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting divisions, the HBO unit is expected to trim its own staff as well, according to sources. About 7% of its 2,400 employees face pink slips as early as this week.   Link | Add comment
Tampa Bay Times Starts Cutting Staff
SaintPetersBlog, Oct 24, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT
As the financially strapped Tampa Bay Times enters its post-voluntary buyout stage, in an effort to shed as much as 10 percent of its workforce, the initial round of layoffs has now begun. Link | Add comment
Knoxville News Sentinel Lays Off 23 Staffers
News & Tech, Oct 22, 2014, 7:10 AM EDT
Condé Nast Expected To Lay Off 70 To 80
Wall Street Journal, Oct 15, 2014, 8:22 AM EDT
ProJo's Bob Kerr Gives Farewell Speech On Radio
Rhode Island Public Radio, Sep 5, 2014, 1:36 PM EDT
Turner Offers 6% Of U.S. Workers Buyouts
CNNMoney, Aug 26, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT
Seeking to reduce costs at channels like TNT, TBS, Adult Swim and CNN, Turner Broadcasting today announced a voluntary buyout program for about 6% of its U.S.-based employees. The buyout offers are taking place as part of a far-reaching effort to increase profitability across Turner's portfolio of cable channels. The effort is expected to eventually involve layoffs and other cost-cutting measures, as well.   Link | Add comment
News Management
WSJ Layoffs In Newsroom Re-Evaluation
The New York Times, Jul 2, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT
Courier-Journal Editor Talks About Layoffs
WFPL, Jun 17, 2014, 6:57 AM EDT
Last week, The Courier-Journal laid off its managing editor, metro editor and other prominent newsroom managers, shocking the newspaper's reporters and others in Louisville. The C-J's executive editor, Neil Budde chats with WFPL radio's media critic James Miller about the layoffs, “content coaches,” growing the digital presentation and the future of Louisville's newspaper.   Link | Add comment
Spanish-Language Daily El Diario Lays Off 12
Capital New York, Jun 17, 2014, 6:44 AM EDT
El Diario La Prensa
, the nation's oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper and the largest in New York, has handed out pink slips to 12 staff members. Nicole Levy reports the layoffs came a little more than a week after the 101-year-old daily relaunched its print edition to counteract its declining circulation.    Link | Add comment
Layoffs At News Corp Community Papers
Capital New York, Jun 13, 2014, 6:48 AM EDT
Layoffs have hit News Corp's Community Newspaper Group, where a sale is pending, Joe Pompeo reports. The local newspaper chain, which includes titles like The Brooklyn Paper, the Brooklyn Courier, the Times Ledger and the Bronx Times, has been on the block for months, he says, adding that the status of the sale and the number of layoffs were unclear.   Link | Add comment
OC Register's Kushner: More Layoffs Possible
OC Weekly, Jun 11, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT
OC Register
Publisher Aaron Kushner told staffers on Tuesday that he can't guarantee there won't be more layoffs at the paper, which recently announced a round of mandatory summer furloughs and buyouts. Kushner also conceded that the paper's daily circulation had fallen while its Sunday circ had climbed and that long-term success for the paper might be a "generation" away. Link | Add comment
Employees Fear More Cuts At OCRegister
OCWeekly, Jun 10, 2014, 7:12 AM EDT
Sources tell the OCWeekly that Aaron Kushner expected about 20 to 30 people to ask for buyouts when the belt-tightening at the Orange County Register was announced a few days ago. However, Gustavo Arellano reports, the number has reached at least 50, with many of them among the biggest names in the newsroom.    Link | Add comment
Workforce Cuts
People Loses About A Dozen Staff Members
AdAge, Jun 4, 2014, 8:10 AM EDT
People magazine lost roughly a dozen staff members to layoffs and buyouts last week, according to people familiar with the matter. Michael Sebastian writes that the departures come just before Time Inc., owner of People, starts to trade independently of Time Warner on Monday, June 9.   Link | Add comment
Where Are Those Sun-Times Photogs Now?
Poynter, May 30, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT
Sam Kirkland remembers that one year ago today, the Chicago Sun-Times eliminated its photo staff, laying off 28 full-time employees. Most of them have landed on their feet, according to email and phone interviews with many of the photographers, Kirkland writes, as he looks how the photographers’ lives have changed.   Link | Add comment
Cincinnati Enquirer Lays Off 14
Poynter, May 5, 2014, 7:35 AM EDT
Machinima To Lay Off 42 Staffers In Sales Reorg
The Wrap, Mar 6, 2014, 3:30 PM EST
Tampa Bay Times To Cut 10% Of Edit Staff, Mar 3, 2014, 8:10 AM EST
According to a post in the forum, the Tampa Bay Times is cutting 10% of its newsroom staff. The most cuts will come from the copy desk. Link | Add comment
Ottawa Citizen Offers Buyouts
The Canadian Journalism Project, Feb 7, 2014, 3:52 PM EST
Time Inc. Sets Layoffs As It Preps To Go Public
The New York Times, Feb 4, 2014, 5:50 PM EST
Disney Interactive Unit To Lay Off Several Hundred
The Wall Street Journal, Feb 4, 2014, 8:09 AM EST
Time Inc. Layoffs Could Be Lighter Than Feared
Advertising Age, Feb 3, 2014, 3:24 PM EST
Report: More Layoffs To Hit Time Inc.
WWD, Jan 28, 2014, 1:41 PM EST
Word of the job cuts came last month, when Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp told employees during a quarterly corporate meeting that the company would have to reduce costs before it spins off from parent company Time Warner in the second half of 2014. According to WWD, job cuts are expected to take place by the end of next week at the latest. Link | Add comment
CNN Cut 40 Staffers At The End Of 2013
NetNewsCheck, Jan 23, 2014, 1:10 PM EST
CNN laid off more than 40 "senior journalists in its newsgathering operation" at the end of last year, according to a report from the Financial Times. The layoffs primarily hit the news organization's Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles offices. FT subscribers can read the full story here. | Add comment
OC Reg Introduces New EIC Rob Curley
Orange County Register, Jan 21, 2014, 3:16 PM EST
Rob Curley, who led the August launch of the Long Beach Register and is supervising the integration of The Press-Enterprise with the Register's news operations, was named new editor in chief of the Orange County Register after last week's reorganization led to the departure of Ken Brusic. “Being the paper of record is important, but being the paper of interesting is even more important,” Curley says. Link | Add comment
LVRJ Cuts Staff, Reorganizes Newsroom
Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jan 17, 2014, 2:49 PM EST
The Las Vegas Review-Journal this week laid off as many as 13 longtime employees and made a sweeping staff reorganization that the paper says is "aimed at improving coverage of several topics, including news, sports, features, politics, opinion, entertainment and betting." Link | Add comment
OC Reg Lays Off 32, Names New Top Editor, Jan 16, 2014, 11:09 PM EST
Orange County Register
owner and publisher Aaron Kushner confirmed in a memo that 32 newsroom employees were laid off Thursday, and that Ken Brusic and other top editors resigned. Local editor Rob Curley was promoted to top editor. Link | Add comment
Report: OC Register Lays Off Staff
OC Weekly, Jan 16, 2014, 3:09 PM EST
The Orange County Register on Thursday laid off a number of reporters and editors, according to reports from OC Weekly and media watcher Jim Romenesko. Ken Brusic, top editor at the paper, was among those dismissed. Link | Add comment
Canada's Globe And Mail To Cut 18 Staffers
The Canadian Press, Jan 14, 2014, 7:50 AM EST
Sun-Times Lays Off 11; More Cuts Coming
Robert Feder, Jan 13, 2014, 12:56 PM EST
The latest job cuts hit Sun-Times Media advertising operations and Custom Media Solutions, the unit responsible for publishing niche content for specialty online and print products. Some of the layoffs were related to outsourcing and to changes in the economics of custom publishing, according to insiders. More layoffs are expected soon. Link | Add comment
For Photojournos, A Post-Newspaper World
NetNewsCheck, Jan 9, 2014, 6:54 AM EST
Last May, the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire photo staff. Some media watchers thought it signaled the beginning of the end for photojournalists, as more publishers, looking to cut costs, started arming their reporters with iPhones to shoot pictures and video. Rob Hart, one of the photojournalists laid off by the Sun-Times, says trained photographers still add immense value to newspapers: "Images provoke an emotional, visceral connection with text content. These images are often what make a reader decide whether to consider reading or staying with a story." Full Story | Add comment
For Time, Spinoff On Track, Layoffs Ahead
Advertising Age, Dec 10, 2013, 8:25 AM EST
More job cuts could soon hit Time Inc., company executives told their top 300 managers at a quarterly meeting on Monday. Executives also said that cntrary to a report this weekend, the spinoff is still on track for the second quarter of 2014. Link | Add comment
New Round Of AOL Layoffs Hit Editorial Staff
Capital New York, Dec 5, 2013, 4:09 PM EST
The majority of impacted employees worked on the editorial side of the homepage, according to sources with knowledge of the cuts, who put the total number of pink slips around 20. Link | Add comment
Sun-Times Agrees To Bring Back 4 Photogs
Chicago Tribune, Dec 3, 2013, 4:08 PM EST
Sun-Times Media, publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, has agreed to hire back four fired photographers as part of a new collective bargaining agreement, according to a union spokesman. The tentative three-year agreement with the Chicago Newspaper Guild, which was ratified Monday night by employees at the Chicago Sun-Times and Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune, also includes a lump sum payment of $2,000 for fired photographers not rehired. Link | Add comment
Sun-Times May Bring Back Some Photogs
Robert Feder, Nov 25, 2013, 4:00 PM EST
A tentative contract settlement between Wrapports LLC, the parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Newspaper Guild could lead to the rehiring of some of the photographers who were laid off by the newspaper earlier this year, sources said. Link | Add comment
Tribune To Cut 700 Jobs, Restructure
Los Angeles Times, Nov 20, 2013, 1:40 PM EST
Tribune Co. on Wednesday unveiled a restructuring plan that will slash nearly 700 jobs over the next year. The 6% staff reduction will come primarily from the company's beleaguered newspaper unit, but will largely involve operations personnel rather than reporters and editors at its eight daily papers, says company CEO Peter Liguori. Link | Add comment
Bloomberg Lays Off Staff In Sports, Culture
The New York Times, Nov 19, 2013, 8:12 AM EST
Bloomberg News started laying off and reassigning employees on Monday, seeking to emphasize areas that promote growth and focus more on core subjects like finance and government. Link | Add comment
Bloomberg News To Layoff 50 Staffers
The Wall Street Journal, Nov 18, 2013, 8:03 AM EST
Bloomberg LP's news division will lay off about 50 people or about 2% of its newsroom, according to people familiar with the company's plans, the latest financial news and data provider to make job reductions. Link | Add comment
GateHouse’s Times Herald-Record Axes Photo Staff, Nov 5, 2013, 6:44 AM EST
Are Photojournalists A Digital Casualty?
NetNewsCheck, Nov 5, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
When the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire photo staff earlier this year, arming its reporters with iPhones instead, it sparked a debate over whether if the expense of trained photojournalists is a necessity or a luxury at newspapers facing lean financial times. Full Story | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Patch To Staff Top Performing Sites Only
Poynter, Oct 16, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT
Patch will fully staff outlets in 14 designated market areas "with the highest traffic and revenue" only, a note Wednesday morning from new CEO Bud Rosenthal tells employees. “Open & Peripheral” areas in those DMAs will be “Lightly staffed,” Rosenthal’s memo says. Patches outside the Top 14 will no longer be staffed. Link | Add comment
Reuters To Offer Buyouts, Cut Seven Jobs
The Newspaper Guild of New York, Oct 11, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT
ProJo Staffers Take Buyouts, Layoffs Loom, Oct 9, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT
A dozen members of the Providence Newspaper Guild have agreed to accept buyouts at The Providence Journal but layoffs are still expected to hit the paper later this month, Guild President John Hill said Tuesday. Link | Add comment
Two Dozen Staffers Cut At The Daily Beast
Adweek, Oct 9, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT
7 Tumultuous Years For Tribune Newspapers
Reflections of a Newsosaur, Oct 7, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT
A directive to cut up to $100 million in spending at the Tribune Co. newspapers is but the latest challenge to a group of iconic titles that have been twisting in the wind for seven of the most tumultuous years ever experienced by the publishing industry. Link | Add comment
Trib's Liguori: I Won't Cut Too Close To Bone
Robert Feder, Oct 3, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT
Tribune Co. CEO Peter Liguori, who has ordered executives to come up with $100 million in budget cuts from the company's publishing side, told employees that there was no fixed target for budget cuts or layoffs. "If we just go for a number, we're going to be backing in, and I worry that meeting a number on a page might be cutting too close to the bone, might rob us from vitality, might rob us from potential upside," Liguori says. Link | Add comment
Daily Beast Sheds 20 Employees
Capital New York, Oct 2, 2013, 8:15 AM EDT
On the first day of its new life without Newsweek, Daily Beast executive editor John Avlon rallied the troops with an afternoon memo full of good news, like a 36% year-over-year traffic gain and a nomination to Adweek's annual "Hot List" poll. But not all the news was good, roughly 20 employees across the editorial and business sides were let go Monday and Tuesday. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Content Will Vanish From Dark Wis. Patches
Poynter, Sep 30, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT
In a post on Facebook, Mark Maley says all content on Milwaukee-area Patch sites will get zapped when the sites close. "That includes our outstanding political coverage of the Wisconsin recall and presidential elections, our top-notch coverage of the Sikh temple shooting and other breaking news, hard-hitting investigative stories about the suburbs and thousands of wonderful feature stories about the people who live here," Maley writes. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Memo: ‘Patches Will Have To Be Closed’, Sep 30, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT
Bud Rosenthal, the new CEO of AOL's Patch, told employees in a memo sent late last week that "we have believed strongly in the value of a connected local community. However this commitment has not translated into success in every town we serve; therefore, regretfully, a number of Patches will have to be closed. ... A handful of sites will close on Oct. 7." Link | Add comment
BBC To Cut 75 News Posts
Guardian, Sep 19, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT
Salt Lake Tribune To Cut Staff By 20%
The Salt Lake Tribune, Sep 13, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT
The newspaper will reduce its staff by about 20% — or 17 full-time and two part-time employees. The paper also announced that Publisher William Dean Singleton is stepping down and Editor Nancy Conway and Editorial Page Editor Vern Anderson will retire at the end of September. Link | Add comment
NPR To Cut 10% Of Staff; Names Acting CEO
NetNewsCheck, Sep 13, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT
The public radio network today announced its plan to offer organization-wide buyouts aimed at reducing its staff by 10% to cut costs. NPR also named Paul Haaga as its acting president and CEO, succeeding Gary Knell. Full Story | Add comment
MSN Cuts Contractors, Boosts Full-Timers
The Seattle Times, Sep 12, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT
Microsoft is cutting the number of contractors who work at MSN as part of the large company-wide reorganization announced in July. The company did not say how many contractor positions are being cut. Full-time employees at MSN do not appear to be affected by the cuts and, indeed, the company says it's planning to expand the number of MSN's full-time employees. Link | Add comment
Buffett's Roanoke Times Announces Layoffs
The Roanoke Times, Sep 11, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT
The Roanoke Times, owned by Warren Buffett's BH Media, today announced a series of job reductions aimed at eliminating redundancies, and making the newspaper operation more efficient and locally focused. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Patch Editors Will Work Harder, Not Smarter, Sep 10, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT
Jim Romenesko reports that Patch editors were told that each site should have 11 posts per day, per site. "Since most editors are now responsible for two or three sites, this would add up to either 16 or 24 stories per day, an obviously impossible edict to follow given the oft-slow news cycle of small towns, plus the fact that there are only so many hours in the day. To help accomplish this, editors have been told to simply split stories into pieces and run them in several separate posts," says a Patch insider. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal News
Hyperlocal Down, Not Out Amid AOL Retreat
Agence France-Presse, Sep 4, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT
Hyperlocal news, the Internet's version of community journalism, has taken a blow with major cutbacks at AOL's Patch, but it may not be time to write its obituary. Link | Add comment
Gannett Cuts About 200 Jobs At Local Papers
USA Today, Aug 28, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT
Gannett Co. confirmed Tuesday that some of its local papers have cut staff over the last several weeks. The layoffs eliminated about 200 positions. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Patch Blogger's Exit Post Gets Dumped
NetNewsCheck, Aug 27, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT
After following all the news surrounding AOL's hyperlocal Patch network in the recent weeks, one item in Jim Romenesko's Morning Report today caught our eye. Romenesko reported that Patch nixed a column posted Monday by blogger Susan McMartin explaining why she will be leaving Studio City (Calif.) Patch to start her own site (the link is to a cached version of the column). McMartin writes that the firing of editor Mike Szymanski prompted her decision to leave: "with the news of Mike being fired for no reason other than they can find someone else who will do it for almost no money ... that's when I say, enough. They can hire a "body" to be the new editor but what they lose in letting Mike go is a man who put his heart and soul into Studio City Patch." | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
AOL Message Hits Bad Patch
Crain's New York Business, Aug 27, 2013, 8:25 AM EDT
August's announcement of mass layoffs at Patch, and the off-the-cuff firing of a design director on a thousand-person conference call suggest that CEO Tim Armstrong and his plans are coming undone. The Patch fracas comes at a singularly bad time: just when the company wants people talking about its latest turnaround strategy — the purchase of video platform and its plans to dramatically grow its advertising technology business. Link | Add comment
Layoffs To Hit Disney/ABC TV Group
Los Angeles Times, Aug 21, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT
Hyperlocal News
Patch Woes Bad News For Local Coverage
MinnPost, Aug 20, 2013, 8:16 AM EDT
The retrenchment of AOL's Patch network is bad news for people who like to be informed about the community they live in. Traditional newspapers are in deep and seemingly permanent decline. And if hyperlocal sites aren’t a viable business, then who’s going to tell people what’s going on? Link | Add comment
The newsonomics of Patch’s unquilting
Patch Shows Flaws In The Hyperlocal Model
Nieman Journalism Lab, Aug 19, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT
Ken Doctor on lessons from the crumbling of AOL's Patch: "The lesson now dawning on publishers worldwide is that their reliance on advertising as the major support of their news businesses is all but over. As print revenue’s decline has accelerated, growing digital ad revenue is increasingly tough as well." Link | Add comment
Patch Layoffs
6 Hyperlocal Failures Presaged Patch Woes
Adweek, Aug 19, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT
AOL is hardly alone in its hyperlocal struggles. Adweek looks at six examples of the news model's struggles — and in most cases, downright failures, including: Backfence, EveryBlock, VillageSoup, Daily Voice, and LoudonExtra. Link | Add comment
Patch Layoffs
Axe Falls At AOL Hyperlocal Patch Network
NetNewsCheck, Aug 19, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT
Last Friday, AOL began layoffs at its struggling hyperlocal network Patch. The company is cutting as many as 500 employees and consolidating about 150 of its 900 news sites. Bloomberg TV's Cory Johnson blames Patch's woes on its attempts to sell local news in an era when a lot of local advertising has moved to other digital outlets. As for CEO Tim Armstrong, who last week issued a mea culpa after publically firing on employee, his job is likely safe as he is personally invested in AOL, owning 1.3% of the company. Watch Bloomberg's report here. Below, news from around the Web on the layoffs at Patch. | Add comment
Commentary: Gannett Layoffs
Does Gannett Think Its Own Papers Matter?
Columbia Journalism Review, Aug 16, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT
Want to learn what the deal is with the hundreds of layoffs unfolding at Gannett newspapers across the country? You can get slivers of the story from the local business press and alt-weeklies, and stabs at a big-picture take from industry-watching blogs. But one place you won’t find news about the layoffs? Many of the affected newspapers themselves. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal News
Ad Dollars Hard To Come By For Hyperlocals
USA Today, Aug 16, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT
Rem Rieder: AOL CEO Tim Armstrong "is hardly the first person to be thrown off his game by the travails of establishing a hyperlocal news enterprise. It is a seductive pursuit that has broken many hearts. The reason: After a decade and a half of experimentation, a business model remains elusive. In other words, it's a very tough place to make a buck." Link | Add comment
Commentary: Hyperlocal News
Patch Is Dying — Local News Needs Paywalls
Slate, Aug 16, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT
Matthew Yglesias: "Ad-supported online media of all kinds has serious economic challenges. But the problem for very local news seems especially intense. That said, in the realm of local news the dream of making readers pay money to read your content strikes me as unusually promising." Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Patch Layoffs Start, Up To 500 May Be Cut
The New York Times, Aug 16, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT
AOL today began making cuts at its struggling hyperlocal news networks, with as many as 500 positions to be eliminated. The company will also close or consolidate many of its sites across the country. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Here's How Hyperlocal Can Work
Advertising Age, Aug 15, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT
Given the very public struggles of AOL's Patch, many wonder if the idea of "hyperlocal" as a media business works anywhere. Well, it does and hyperlocal is far from dead. It's just a lot smaller, perhaps, than AOL would like it to be. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Salvaging Something From Rubble Of Patch
Media Nation, Aug 14, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT
Dan Kennedy on AOL's Patch, which he says is failing in precisely the way it was predicted to fail: "At this point, the most merciful thing Armstrong could do is shut down the whole thing and help the hard-working local editors become owner-operators. I suspect many of these sites could be viable if the corporate bureaucracy AOL has laid on top of them were removed." Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Armstrong Apologizes For Public Firing
All Things Digital, Aug 13, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT
Tim Armstrong, AOL's CEO, says he's sorry he fired a Patch employee in front of more than 1,000 of his co-workers on Friday. But Armstrong says former Patch creative director Abel Lenz is going to stay fired. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Public Firing Could Burn AOL’s Armstrong
New York Post, Aug 13, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT
After firing Abel Lenz, Patch's creative director, in front of 1,000 co-workers, AOL boss Tim Armstrong is not only dealing with bad publicity — he's also inviting a lawsuit. Legal experts say the axed employee — who was snapping a picture of his boss as he had done during other conference calls — could have solid grounds for a suit against his former employer. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Patch Ad Sales Down Since Announced Cuts, Aug 13, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT
"Over the last 5 sales days, we have amassed our worst results of the year," Patch director of U.S. sales Jim Lipuma tells his ad-sales force in a memo. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Armstrong Fires Patcher During Conf. Call, Aug 12, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT
AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong fired Patch creative director Abel Lenz two minutes into Friday's call with Patch employees. Lenz's sin: Taking a picture of the CEO during his talk. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
The Beginning Of The End At Patch?
InvestorPlace, Aug 9, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT
Jonathan Barr says AOL's Patch was "fatally flawed from the start" and current efforts to bring the hyperlocal network to profitability through closings and partnerships might not work: "Armstrong seems to think that 'significant offline media companies' (read: newspapers) will be interested in partnering with Patch sites in their community. I think he’s delusional. Many newspapers have their hands full with their digital properties already and are not going to be too keen on acquiring a money-losing enterprise." Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Report: CEO, Content Chief Out At Patch
Business Insider, Aug 9, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT
Patch CEO Steve Kalin and Chief Content Officer Rachel Feddersen are out, according to a report from Business Insider citing a former Patch executive. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
Armstrong Postpones Patch Layoffs
Poynter, Aug 9, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong told Patch editors Friday there would be no "impacts," or layoffs announced today. The "impacts" will arrive on a rolling basis over the next week, he said. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
AOL Patch Layoffs Expected Today
TechCrunch, Aug 9, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
Patch, AOL's hyperlocal news effort, will lose up to 550 employees today, according to a local editor at the group. Hundreds of sites in the network are expected to close in the process. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Networks
AOL To Shut Down As Many As 300 Patches
NetNewsCheck, Aug 8, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT
In the wake of yesterday's announcement during its second quarter earnings call that AOL would be shutting down a number of its hyperlocal Patch sites, Jim Romenesko reports that as many as 500 employees will be laid off on Friday. The Internet giant will shut down up to 300 of the hyperlocal news sites. | Add comment
PD Plans Print Section To Explain Digital Shift
Poynter, Aug 2, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT
Cleveland's Advance Publications-owned Plain Dealer, which this week laid off 50 staffers in preparation for its move to cut home delivery to three days a week, plans a six-page special section in Sunday's paper to further explain the changes ahead. Link | Add comment
Report: Gannett Lays Off More Than 200
Gannett Blog, Aug 1, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT
Gannett's U.S. Community Publishing newspaper division has now cut an estimated 218 jobs across at least 37 newspapers, according to a report in Gannett Blog. Jeremy Gaines, Gannett's chief publicist says, "Some USCP sites are making cuts to align their business plans with local market conditions." Link | Add comment
Gannett Launches Stealth Round Of Layoffs
Gannett Blog, Aug 1, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT
With ad revenue losses accelerating, the nation's biggest newspaper publisher has quietly started another round of layoffs and other cost-cutting moves, according to Gannett Blog, which estimates the move will eliminate more than 100 jobs. Link | Add comment
Cleveland Plain Dealer Layoffs
PD Staffers Claim Paper Lied About Cuts
Crain's Cleveland Business, Aug 1, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT
Harlan Spector, chairman of the Plain Dealer's unit of the Newspaper Guild, the union that represents reporters, says that the Advance Publications-owned paper was reneging on an agreement about the number of jobs that would be retained by the newspaper company. Link | Add comment
Advance's Plain Dealer Lays Off 50 Journos
Associated Press, Jul 31, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
The Advance Publications-owned Cleveland Plain Dealer this morning eliminated approximately 50 journalists, or one-third of its newsroom staff, according to the the Newspaper Guild, which represents the staffers. Full Story | Add comment
Plain Dealer To Announce Layoffs Today, Jul 31, 2013, 7:52 AM EDT
Management at Advance Publications' Cleveland daily The Plain Dealer in a memo to staff on Tuesday said the paper will announce newsroom staff cuts: "From approximately 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, July 31st, employees in the Editorial Department will receive a phone call notifying them that they are either being separated from employment on that date, or that they are not being separated from employment." Link | Add comment
Chi. Newspaper Guild Plans Pop-Up Photo Protest
Chicago Business Journal, Jul 30, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT
The Importance Of Photojournalism
Medill Watchdog Podcast, Jul 23, 2013, 7:38 AM EDT
Canada's Sun Media Shuts 11 Papers
Toronto Star, Jul 17, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT
Canadian newspaper publisher Sun Media announced Tuesday it was eliminating 360 jobs as it closes eight newspapers and axes three free urban dailies. Link | Add comment
Buffett'sTulsa World Lays Off 50 Staffers
KJRH, Jul 16, 2013, 7:01 AM EDT
The Tulsa World
, owned by Warren Buffett's BH Media Group, announced Monday a reorganization plan that will result in the reduction of about 50 positions over the next several months. Twelve positions were eliminated immediately. Link | Add comment
Tumblr Details Pitfalls Of Sun-Times iPhone Photos
The Daily Dot, Jul 8, 2013, 8:13 AM EDT
Oregonian Gambles On Paper's Digital Future
Willamette Week, Jun 27, 2013, 8:19 AM EDT
If the death of the old Oregonian has arrived, the new product that takes its place promises the potential for innovation — and risk — in the way much of the state gets its news. Many industry experts say the gamble is a solid one and is long overdue — even if Advance's particular approach doesn't always make sense. Link | Add comment
We Are The Chicago Sun-Times Photo Department
CNN, Jun 25, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT
Oregonian Hopes To Keep Staff At About 90
Poynter, Jun 25, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT
Peter Bhatia, editor of Advance Publications-owned Oregonian: “Our goal is to keep reporter numbers where they are today — about 90.” Link | Add comment
More Than 35 Laid Off At The Oregonian
Willamette Week, Jun 21, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT
Newsroom layoffs at The Oregonian have topped 35 reporters, editors and photographers on Friday as the Advance Publications-owned paper reduces home-delivery days and cuts staff. Link | Add comment
The Ax Falls At Advance-Owned Oregonian
Columbia Journalism Review, Jun 21, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT
Not that long ago, The Oregonian was one of the better news organizations in the country. The newsroom currently has 175 employees, according to its directory. That number is about to drop dramatically, with "significant layoffs" occurring this week now that the paper is the latest to get Newhouse'd. Link | Add comment
Oregonian Cuts Delivery Days, Lays Off Staff
Willamette Week, Jun 20, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT
The Advance Publications-owned 162-year-old Portland, Ore. daily newspaper will continue to publish every day but will reduce its print delivery to three days per week. Newsroom staffers were told that there will be "significant layoffs." Link | Add comment
Sun-Times to world: Photographers Don't Matter
Bryant: Nothing Connects Like A Still Photo
The Buttry Diary, Jun 10, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT
Scott Bryant, a photojournalist at the Statesboro Herald in Georgia, on the value of still photographs: "No other medium is capable of producing understanding and making emotional connections between a subject and an audience as quickly and profoundly as a still photograph. ... And the quality of the photographic content is an announcement to the audience about how serious we are about engaging them." Link | Add comment
New York Post Cuts 13 Staffers
Capital New York, Jun 7, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT
Sun-Times to world: Photographers Don't Matter
Is It Readers Who Prefer Vid, Or Advertisers?
Chicago Tribune, Jun 7, 2013, 7:58 AM EDT
Alex Garcia, a photojournalist for the Chicago Tribune, answers some of the more popular responses to the layoff of the entire photojournalism staff at crosstown rival the Sun-Times. Garcia cites the high traffice for still photos at the Tribune to challenge the notion that readers prefer video: "I would say people enjoy photos more but advertisers enjoy videos more. When the Sun-Times referred to their 'audiences' seeking more video content with their news, I think they were subtly referring to their advertisers." Link | Add comment
150 Picket Sun-Times To Support Photogs
Columbia Journalism Review, Jun 6, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT
A protest Thursday morning drew about 150 picketers to the Chicago Sun-Times headquarters to speak out against the unilateral cut of an entire department one week before. Link | Add comment
Sun-Times To World: Photogs Don't Matter
NetNewsCheck, Jun 5, 2013, 6:12 AM EDT
Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire photography staff and decided to rely on reporters with iPhones and freelancers to provide images for the newspaper and its website. The move instantly sparked anger, disbelief and debate around the Web. We look at what people are saying on social media. Full Story | Comments (2)
Sun-Times Journos To Shoot On iPhones
Robert Feder, Jun 4, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT
Robert Feder in a Facebook post reports that the Chicago Sun-Times, which laid off its entire photo staff last week, will train its reporters in "iPhone photography basics." Feder quotes a memo to Sun-Times staffers from Managing Editor Craig Newman: "In the coming days and weeks, we'll be working with all editorial employees to train and outfit you as much as possible to produce the content we need." | Add comment
Our Take

The Chicago Sun-Times decision to eliminate its photo staff and train reporters to shoot pictures using iPhones strikes us as a big mistake. One only has to look back over the past 60 years of Pulitzer Prize-winning photography (including winning shots from Sun-Times photographers) to see the advantage of having a trained photographer behind the lens. In an age where online video is capturing much of the attention, a well-composed still photo continues to have the power to cut through the visual clutter, tell the story and spark an emotional response. Perhaps the Sun-Times will thrive with iPhone photography, and it’s possible its readers will neither notice nor care, but without arresting visual imagery produced by trained photojournalists, it will cease to be considered among the great metro papers.

The Digital Audience Values Quality Photos
The Buttry Diary, May 31, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT
Steve Buttry on the Chicago Sun-Times' decision to lay off its entire photo staff: "Quality photos have huge value with digital audiences. News organizations haven’t yet figured out the best ways to generate revenue that fully reflects that value. Newsrooms need to experiment with their approaches to photo coverage. But I can’t imagine how the best approach would be to fire your whole photo staff." Link | Add comment
Sun-Times Photogs' Guild Plans Complaint To NLRB
Chicago Business Journal, May 31, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT
Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Its Photo Staff
Chicago Tribune, May 30, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT
NY Post Buyouts Target Loyal Soldiers, Highest Paid
Capital New York, May 17, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT
Daily News Plans Digital Push In Boroughs
Capital New York, May 10, 2013, 7:02 AM EDT
The New York Daily News announced the creation of a new Web franchise called Daily News Local, which they said "will significantly enhance our local borough reporting." The paper's Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn bureau chiefs, as well as others in the borough offices, were among the 20 journalists laid off Thursday. Daily News America, an edition of designed to attract national readers and advertisers. Addressing the recent layoffs, the paper's editor Colin Myler and president Bill Holiber said in a memo Thursday: "It is a process that has been difficult and painful. But it is an inevitable consequence of the challenges we continue to face. Link | Add comment
Press Of Atlantic City Lays Off 26 Employees
Associated Press, Apr 4, 2013, 5:48 AM EDT
Abarta Inc.-owned The Press of Atlantic City is cutting 15% of its workforce in preparation for the newspaper's sale. Along with the 26 layoffs, the company is also eliminating 13 other vacant positions. Full Story | Add comment
UK's Telegraph Group Cuts 80 Print Jobs
Guardian, Mar 12, 2013, 8:20 AM EDT
Toronto Star Cuts Jobs, Cites Ad Rev Declines
The Globe and Mail, Mar 5, 2013, 8:24 AM EST
The Toronto Star
, one of Canada's largest newspapers, is slashing 55 jobs, about 9% of its workforce, with about half coming from the editorial department. The paper plans to outsource copy editing and page design to Pagemasters North America. Link | Add comment
Layoffs At As Part Of Overhaul
Deadline, Feb 28, 2013, 8:34 AM EST
Five senior employees were laid off Wednesday. Word is that the shakeup is part of a restructuring and staff overhaul implemented by NBC’s new digital chief, Robert Hayes EVP digital media, who joined NBC last summer. The positions are expected to be refilled. Link | Add comment
Thomson Reuters To Cut 2,500 jobs
Associated Press, Feb 13, 2013, 3:28 PM EST
Thomson Reuters today said it was trimming 4% of the workforce in its "Financial and Risk" division, which rents out trading terminals to the financial industry. The division accounts for just over half of the company's revenue. Full Story | Add comment
Time Inc. Layoffs Will Cost $60 Million
All Things Digital, Feb 6, 2013, 8:05 AM EST
Time Inc. Cuts 500 Staffers
Bloomberg, Jan 30, 2013, 12:38 PM EST
NYT's Abramson: Layoffs Not As Bad As Expected
Poynter, Jan 29, 2013, 3:45 PM EST
Time Inc. Braces For Layoffs This Week
All Things Digital, Jan 28, 2013, 6:58 AM EST
Rolling Stone Lays Off Two High-Profile Staffers
The New York Times, Jan 24, 2013, 7:40 AM EST
Report: Reuters Lays Off About 3,000 Staffers
The New York Observer, Jan 23, 2013, 12:31 PM EST
NJ's Star-Ledger To Cut 18 Newsroom Staffers
NetNewsCheck, Jan 16, 2013, 11:03 AM EST
Advance Publications-owned New Jersey daily newspaper The Star-Ledger today announced that it was laying off 34 employees, including 18 in the newsroom. In the announcement posted on Advance's, the paper's publisher Richard Vezza blamed the cuts on "continuing financial pressures and the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy." Vezza added that the paper was not planning to shift to a three-day printing schedule as have some of its corporate cousins, including notably The [New Orleans] Times-Picayune. | Add comment
Reuters Cuts Editorial Staffers
Talking Biz News, Jan 15, 2013, 3:21 PM EST
Major Shakeout Looms For Top NYT Editors
New York Magazine, Jan 11, 2013, 3:38 PM EST
Last month, executive editor Jill Abramson told the staff she’d have to cut 30 positions from the news division. Reporters and editors would be offered buyouts, she said, but if she didn't have enough takers in a month’s time, she would be “forced to go to layoffs.” As the January 24 deadline approaches, there are said to be ongoing and heated negotiations — “begging and pleading,” says one source — with several top editors as Abramson prepares to shrink the very top of the masthead. Link | Add comment
Time Inc. Prepares For Layoffs
Adweek, Jan 11, 2013, 7:45 AM EST
Politico Layoffs Begin Amid Restructuring
Huffington Post, Jan 7, 2013, 3:38 PM EST
Washington Times Lays Off Staff
The Washington Post, Jan 4, 2013, 3:23 PM EST
The Daily Shutdown Affects 126 Employees
Bloomberg, Dec 7, 2012, 2:18 PM EST
News Corp.'s plan to shut down its electronic newspaper The Daily, a move announced earlier this week, will affect 126 jobs, according to a state filing. The company set a closing date of March 5 for paper, according to the filing with the state of New York. Link | Add comment
Plain Dealer, Guild Reach Tentative Agreement
NetNewsCheck, Dec 7, 2012, 8:39 AM EST
The Newspaper Guild in Cleveland and the city's Advance Publications-owned daily The Plain Dealer have reached a tentative agreement to prevent further staff reductions at the paper after the paper cut 60 positions earlier this week. Full Story | Add comment
Guardian News & Media To Shed 68 Editorial Posts
Guardian, Dec 7, 2012, 8:15 AM EST
Why Did The Daily Die? A View From Inside
The Daily Beast, Dec 6, 2012, 3:53 PM EST
Six former staffers tell The Daily Beast's Michael Moynihan that the cause of the demise of iPad-only publication The Daily is more complicated than News Corp. wants you to believe. Link | Add comment
Newsweek Layoffs To Be Announced Today
The New York Observer, Dec 6, 2012, 3:09 PM EST
Newsweek's print edition is ending in a matter of weeks, and the anticipated staff changes have already begun. Layoffs are expected to be announced this afternoon. Editor in chief Tina Brown also announced three promotions earlier today. Link | Add comment
NYT Cuts Would Have Been Worse Without Paywall
Columbia Journalism Review, Dec 5, 2012, 5:53 PM EST
Plain Dealer To Cut Newsroom By One-Third
Crain's Cleveland Business, Dec 4, 2012, 3:58 PM EST
Plain Dealer
editorial staffers today heard from their union representatives that the newspaper's managers plan to begin laying off reporters and editors in May in an action that would result in the newsroom staff shrinking by about one-third at the Advance Publications-owned newspaper. Link | Add comment
Kurzweil: Why I Tried To Buy The Daily
GigaOM, Dec 4, 2012, 3:35 PM EST
The Daily should never have been shut down — it just needed to be fixed, says Independent Content chief Jordan Kurzweil. And that's just what he wanted to do. Link | Add comment
Commentary: The Daily
The Daily Didn’t Fail–Rupert Gave Up
Reuters Blog, Dec 4, 2012, 7:47 AM EST
Jack Shafer: "The Daily demonstrates for the umpteenth million time that big media isn’t very good at creating new publications, be they new magazines, new newspapers, or new Web sites. Most big media operations have come to accept this, and instead of creating new properties they acquire them. So today, let’s both toast and damn Rupert Murdoch for trying but not trying hard enough to make something new, valuable, and profitable on the Web." Link | Add comment
The Daily Doomed By Dull Content, Isolation
Associated Press, Dec 4, 2012, 5:54 AM EST
Critics say News Corp.'s doomed iPad-only publication The Daily's day-to-day mix of news, opinion and info-graphics wasn't that different from content available for free on the Internet. And despite a high-profile launch that drew lots of media attention, the publication failed to build a distinctive brand. Full Story | Add comment
The Impossibility Of Tablet-Native Journalism
Reuters Blog, Dec 3, 2012, 2:18 PM EST
Felix Salmon: "As far as news and journalism are concerned, the verdict is in: tablets aren’t a new medium which will support a whole new class of publications ... Publications of the future will put their content online, and will go to great lengths to ensure that it looks fantastic when viewed on a tablet. But the tablet is basically just one of many ways to see material which exists on the Internet; it’s not a place to put stuff which can’t be found anywhere else." Link | Add comment
News Corp. Shuts Down iPad-Only Daily
NetNewsCheck, Dec 3, 2012, 3:30 PM EST
Rupert Murdoch will pull the plug on iPad-only newspaper The Daily on December 15, admitting that it has failed to generate enough subscribers to make the online subscription venture viable after only 21 months of existence. The company will fold technology and some staff into the New York Post. Full Story | Add comment
Variety Cuts Staff, Plans To Reduce Frequency
Los Angeles Times, Nov 16, 2012, 7:59 AM EST
Groupon Confirms Small Number Of Layoffs
MarketWatch, Nov 8, 2012, 3:04 PM EST
Groupon on Thursday afternoon confirmed that the company had laid off 80 employees as part of an effort to use "technology to increase productivity through automation." Business Insider first reported the layoffs earlier in the day. Link | Add comment
Guardian Accepts 30 Voluntary Redundancies
Guardian, Oct 9, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT
North County Times To Lay Off 80 Staffers
North County Times, Oct 3, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT
Californnia's North County Times, purchased last month by U-T San Diego-owner Manchester Lynch Integrated Media from Lee Enterprises, announced this week that it will lay off 80 people in the combined U-T San Diego and North County Times operation. One-third of the total North County Times' staff, including 24 from the newsroom, were told Monday that they will be laid off. Link | Add comment
ProJo Guild Wants To Meet With Paper To Avert Cuts
WRNI, Sep 18, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT
Lee-Owned Wis. Newspapers Cut 26 Staffers
Wisconsin State Journal, Sep 13, 2012, 7:21 AM EDT
Providence Journal Offers Buyouts
Providence Newspaper Guild, Sep 7, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT
A.H. Belo has informed the Providence Newspaper Guild that it is offering a new round of buyouts at The Providence Journal and warned layoffs are possible if enough employees don’t accept them. Link | Add comment
Disney Interactive Hit With Layoffs, Sep 6, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT
Times-Pic Vets Reinvent Themselves After Layoffs
Huffington Post, Aug 13, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT
Report: Journatic Lays Off Bulk Of Staff
The Outsider, Aug 7, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT
Embattled content provider Journatic has laid off an unspecified number of full-time employees and all of its independent contractors, according to a report by The Outsider's Anna Tarkov. Link | Add comment
HuffPo, Daily And Flawed iPad Content Model
GigaOM, Aug 3, 2012, 7:09 AM EDT
Mathew Ingram: "Dedicated magazine or even newspaper apps in many cases don't jibe with the way that increasing numbers of people consume content." Link | Add comment
Murdoch's Daily Lays Off A Third Of Staff
Associated Press, Aug 1, 2012, 7:05 AM EDT
In cutting 50 of the roughly 170 employees at News Corp.'s The Daily, the digital publication plans to focus resources on its more popular features. It says the move reflects the "changing business environment for news and media." Full Story | Add comment
Media General Lays Off 75 Staffers, Jul 31, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT
Media General, which earlier this year sold its newspapers (but for the Tampa Tribune) to Warren Buffett, is dismissing 75 employees today. Link | Add comment
Boston Globe To Cut 53 Jobs With Layoffs, Buyouts
Boston Herald, Jul 24, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT
Sports Illustrated Completes Layoffs
Adweek, Jul 19, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT Lays Off Staffers
Poynter, Jun 20, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT
Advance's Strategy: Motion For Motion's Sake
Columbia Journalism Review, Jun 14, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT
Ryan Chittum: "What Advance looks like it’s doing [in New Orleans and Alabama] is disinvesting in journalism behind a digital smokescreen." Link | Add comment
Nola, Ala. And Future Of Digital Journalism
GigaOM, Jun 14, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT
Mathew Ingram on Advance Publications' decision to cut back the number of daily editions for its papers in New Orleans and Alabama and focus on digital: "The need for a transition from print to digital is not in doubt, but if the company wants to convince outside observers that it isn't just cutting staff in order to prop up its historic profit margins, it's going to have to come up with something a bit more substantial." Link | Add comment
Nokia Sells Vertu, Prepares To Lay Off 10,000
Mashable, Jun 14, 2012, 7:29 AM EDT
Advance Makes Deep Cuts At Ala. Papers
Second Front, Jun 13, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT
Advance Publications is cutting about 400 employees at its three Alabama newspapers — the Birmingham News, the Mobile Press-Register and the Huntsville Times — including more than 100 from the Birmingham News. Link | Add comment
Detroit Free Press To Cut Newsroom Staff
Motor City Muckraker, Jun 13, 2012, 7:08 AM EDT
The Detroit Free Press plans to sizably reduce its roster of reporters, Paul Anger, the paper's editor and publisher, told staffers yesterday. Anger also announced the departure of Jeff Taylor, one of the paper's top editors, who is leaving to head the Indianapolis Star. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Lays Off 200 Employees, Jun 12, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT
The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, according to documents given to employees, is shrinking its overall staff — including news, advertising, circulation and other departments — by 32%, or 202 employees. Their last day with the company will be Sept. 30. Link | Add comment
Microsoft Scales Back TV Ad Ambitions
Adweek, Jun 4, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT
The company has quietly begun shuttering its Microsoft Advertising TV Network, a division focused on selling TV ads using set-top box data for smaller cable networks owned by NBCUniversal and Viacom. A handful of associated staffers have recently received severance packages, while some executives have been redeployed or have left for other jobs. Link | Add comment
Canada Papers Plan Layoffs, Cut Print Sked
Huffington Post Canada, May 29, 2012, 7:56 AM EDT
Postmedia Network, the owner of Canada's largest newspaper chain, has announced drastic cutbacks that will see three major city dailies lose their Sunday editions amid an expected wave of layoffs. Link | Add comment
AOL's Costly Gamble On Patch Draws Trouble
The Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2012, 7:22 AM EDT
AOL's Patch network of hyperlocal news sites has emerged at the center of a tug of war over the Internet company's future. The high cost of running the sites has fueled a campaign by dissident investor Starboard Value LP against AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's strategy of investing heavily in online content. Link | Add comment
Report: Patch Laying Off 20 Staffers
The Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT
AOL's hyperlocal network Patch is laying off about 20 employees as part of a restructuring effort, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Patch is consolidating its four geographic zones into three, integrating its South and East zones. No sites will be merged or closed, according to the report. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here. | Add comment
Yahoo To Cut 2,000 Employees In Purge
Associated Press, Apr 4, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT
The latest cuts represent about 14% of the company and are part of an overhaul aimed at focusing on what Thompson believes are Yahoo's strengths while also trying to address its weaknesses in the increasingly important mobile computing market. Full Story | Add comment
35 More Jobs At Jeopardy at Philly Papers, Website, Mar 27, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT
LA Times Hit With Another Round Of Layoffs
The Wrap, Mar 21, 2012, 7:28 AM EDT
Philly Papers To Shed 40 Newsroom Employees
Associated Press, Mar 16, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT
Chicago Tribune Cuts 15 Journalists
Crain's Chicago Business, Mar 16, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT
Guild Plans To Fight Layoffs At Philly Player
Poynter, Mar 15, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT
AOL Slashes AIM Staff; Patch Cuts Expected
The New York Times, Mar 14, 2012, 8:15 AM EDT
AOL last week notified more than 40 employees from its West Coast offices, primarily from its Instant Messanger group, that they would be out of jobs by the end of the month. Next up, AOL is expected to cut employees who work at hyperlocal news network Patch. Link | Add comment
Yahoo Eyes TV Partners As Layoffs Loom
Advertising Age, Mar 12, 2012, 8:12 AM EDT
Amid a swirl of speculation about layoffs that could run as high as 1,000, Yahoo is pushing further into original video programming and discussing possible partnerships with TV networks beyond its current deal with ABC News. Link | Add comment
Report: AOL Letting Patch Sales People Go
Business Insider, Mar 7, 2012, 3:31 PM EST
AOL's local news network of blogs, Patch, is letting go of as many as 200 sales people this week, according to a report in Business Insider. Link | Add comment
Report: AOL Plans To Lay Off Hundreds Next Week
PandoDaily, Mar 1, 2012, 3:20 PM EST
Newspaper Job Cuts Up 30% In 2011
Newsosaur, Dec 19, 2011, 3:30 PM EST
The number of jobs eliminated in the newspaper industry rose by nearly 30% in 2011 from the prior year.The proportion of cutbacks was higher in newsrooms than it was for the industry as a whole. Link | Add comment
Media General Cuts 16% Of Staff At Florida Papers
Tampa Bay Online, Dec 13, 2011, 8:18 AM EST
Bay Area News Group Cuts 34 Editorial Jobs
Walnut Creek, Calif., Patch, Nov 2, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT
Motorola Cuts 800 Jobs To Slash Costs
PaidContent, Oct 31, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT
Report: Netflix Cut Staff After Sub Loss
Bloomberg, Oct 27, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT
Netflix Inc. eliminated more than 15 jobs after losing 800,000 U.S. subscribers in the third quarter, according to a report. The cuts, which began before earnings were announced on Oct. 24, are mostly in human resources, where Netflix had hired in anticipation of faster growth and the creation of separate companies for its mail-order and streaming businesses Link | Add comment
Clear Channel Cuts Could Alter Local Radio
Time Out Chicago, Oct 26, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT
Clear Channel is about to set in motion massive cutbacks that could redefine local radio in a manner similar to apps, with cheap programming and customizable radio. Robert Feder: "By the time the plans are implemented, the company could be operating with far fewer employees and virtually no local involvement in what goes out over the air and online." Link | Add comment
NYT Plans Staff Reductions
The New York Times, Oct 13, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT
NYT Lays Off 15 From's Staff
BusinessInsider, Sep 27, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT, the information portal of The New York Times Co., laid off 15 of its 22 full or part-time positions on its editorial staff today. Darline Jean took over as CEO of About Group, replacing Cella Irvine. Jean, previously the company's CFO, was tasked with turning around falling revenue, which dropped 17.3% in the second quarter.   Link | Add comment
Slate Layoffs Signal Flaw In Web Model
The Wall Street Journal, Aug 26, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT
Since its mid-1990s launch, the online magazine Slate has been a study in whether a Web-only news organization can support a staff of professional journalists churning out original, reported content. But it has struggled to attract adequate ad dollars without the print companion that subsidizes successful news sites such as Politico. Link | Add comment
Gannett To Lay Off 700 At Its Newspapers
Adweek, Jun 22, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT
In an internal memo distributed Tuesday, Gannett's U.S. newspapers division president Bob Dickey announced that 700 employees -- or approximately 2% of the company's overall workforce -- would be laid off. Link | Add comment
AOL Axes Freelancers In Three Editorial Groups
Forbes, Apr 6, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT
AOL Cuts Could Run Afoul Of Worker-Protection Act
Forbes, Mar 17, 2011, 6:57 AM EDT Lays Off Staffers In Newsroom Reorg
The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Mar 15, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT
AOL-Huffington Cuts 900 Jobs In India, U.S.
Wired, Mar 11, 2011, 8:11 AM EST
Some 700 people in India and 200 people in the United States are losing their jobs in the latest round of AOL layoffs. The layoffs include veteran journalists from AOL’s top news sites, including PoliticsDaily, DailyFinance and WalletPop. Link | Add comment
AOL CEO Armstrong Outlines Layoffs In Staff Memo
Business Insider, Mar 10, 2011, 8:22 AM EST
AOL To Lay Off Up To 500 Starting Today
All Things Digital, Mar 10, 2011, 7:16 AM EST
Yahoo Cuts Another 140 Employees
NBC Bay Area, Jan 25, 2011, 3:42 PM EST
MySpace Cuts 500 Employees
TechCrunch, Jan 11, 2011, 2:31 PM EST
MySpace To Cut Up To 600 Staffers Tomorrow
All Things Digital, Jan 10, 2011, 8:17 AM EST
MySpace Set To Announce Staff Cuts Of Up To 50%
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 4, 2011, 7:37 AM EST
Potential MySpace Sale Could Spur 50% Staff Cut
All Things Digital, Dec 31, 2010, 8:44 AM EST
Yahoo To Spend Up To $34M On Layoffs
PaidContent, Dec 20, 2010, 3:38 PM EST
Bartz To Yahoos: Cuts Were Tough Call
CNET, Dec 15, 2010, 3:15 PM EST
Yahoo Carol Bartz in a memo to the company's employees: "This was a tough call, but a necessary one. We need to make these changes now to ensure that Products is structured and running the way we want as 2011 begins. And that means we need fewer Yahoos in some areas, and different types of Yahoos in others." Link | Add comment
Yahoo Expected To Cut 600 Employees Today
Mashable, Dec 14, 2010, 2:41 PM EST
Yahoo may lay off as many as 650 of its employees in its products unit -- a 5% reduction in staff -- starting today. The New York Times reported the layoff rumor Monday night, citing unnamed sources, but Yahoo has not officially confirmed or denied the layoffs. Link | Add comment
Yahoo Denies Rumors That It WIll Cut 20% Of Staff
TechCrunch, Nov 12, 2010, 7:15 AM EST
City Search Slashes Editorial Staff
TechCrunch, Nov 2, 2010, 6:48 AM EDT
City Search, has laid off a portion of its 40-person editorial team as part of a migration from full-time staff to freelancers. The round of layoffs reflect the company's efforts to become a hub for aggregated local news and content. Link | Add comment

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